Key Staff

Susan Samaroo

Susan Samaroo

Executive Director

Susan came to The Maurer Foundation with over 20 years of nonprofit experience. She began her career at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and has become an accomplished leader, excelling in all aspects of the industry.  For the past 5 years she has been leading a team of professionals dedicated to saving lives through breast health education. Her strategic approaches to program development, community outreach, ability to cultivate relationships, and business savvy have propelled The Maurer Foundation to a higher level growth.

Susan is an active member in the community.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the Oceanside School District, the Board of Directors for the Francis J. Logan Foundation and is a former board member for Sperry Federal Credit Union.  She graduated from New York University in 1990 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and resides in Oceanside, NY with her husband and two sons. In her spare time she enjoys jet skiing, bike riding, zip lining, and walking on the beach.


Lauren Fisch

Lauren Fisch-Henry

Breast Health Educator

Lauren is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College where she earned a Master’s degree in Women’s History. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Marist College. Lauren  brings her passion for women’s social justice to the Maurer team. In her free time Lauren enjoys volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader, baking, collecting children’s books, and spending time with her family.


Debbie Goldman

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Development Manager

Debbie joined the Maurer Foundation after a 20 year career working as an independent consultant providing fundraising, event planning and membership management services to not-profits, primarily in the health care arena. She views working at the foundation as an excellent opportunity to combine her education in nutritional sciences and health care administration with the work she has been doing more recently as an event planner and working with volunteers. In her spare time she enjoys calligraphy and spending time with her husband and two daughters.


Lee Hoffman

Breast Health Educator

Lee joins The Maurer Foundation after being on her own wellness journey since her first diagnosis of breast cancer almost 20 years ago. As a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, she holds a Certificate as a Holistic Health Coach. In addition, she is a Certified Personal Trainer and a proud member of The Association of American Drugless Practitioners. Over the years, Lee has conducted a variety of health and wellness workshops, teaching individuals how to make practical, yet lifelong changes in nutrition and lifestyle. With enthusiasm and a passion to expand her experience of empowering individuals to be their own health advocates, The Maurer Foundation completes the final piece of the puzzle. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, yoga, and playing tennis.


Eileen Pillitteriicon_mail_33x25

Program Manager

Eileen comes to us with over 13 years of experience in nonprofit settings. The mission of the organization to save lives through education is what drew her to the Foundation. Eileen has designed and implemented training programs for health and human service providers as well as the general public. She has also created and conducted programs that encourage students to make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid harmful behaviors. In her free time, Eileen enjoys taking Spin classes, reading and spending time outdoors with her family.


Trinidad Ruiz

Trinidad Ruiz

Bilingual Breast Health Educator

Trinidad is a graduate of SUNY Old Westbury where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Society. She’s one of 3 sisters and a mentor to a young girl. She aspires to be an advocate for Women’s Health and does her best to lead a health focused life. In her spare time she enjoys trying new foods, traveling, reading and attempting the practice of yoga.


Nardin Said

Nardin Said

Administrative Assistant & Social Media Specialist

Nardin believes that health education is key to have a happier life. She has more than 5 years of experience in various business industries including pharmaceutical, hospitality and international relations. She is eager to use her experience and her passion to be creative to promote breast health education through her work in the foundation. Nardin holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the American University in Dubai. She is fluent in French and Arabic. In her free time, Nardin enjoys reading fashion magazines, swimming and spending time with her family.


Julie Santana

Julie Santana

Education Associate

Julie is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College;  she holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Adolescent Education. Julie spent several years teaching in school districts on Long Island. She brings her passion for teaching and curriculum development to the Foundation. In her free time, Julie enjoys walking her dogs, doing crafts with her Cricut, and reading.

Julie is a graduate of St. Joseph’s College;  she holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Adolescent Education. Julie spent several years teaching in school districts on Long Island. She brings her passion for teaching and curriculum development to the Foundation. In her free time, Julie enjoys walking her dogs, doing crafts with her Cricut, and reading.


Sofia Vaca

Bilingual Breast Health Educator

Sofia is a graduate from Stony Brook University’s Masters Program in Public Health. Prior to attending graduate school, she completed a Bachelor of Arts at Hofstra University with dual majors in Biology and Psychology. These academic opportunities instilled in her the importance of having diverse and culturally competent health care professionals that aim to make a difference. She continues to embrace her culture and diversity as a Latina when advocating for the health of those in her community through her research and volunteer efforts. In her free time Sofia enjoys volunteering at the Sunrise on Wheels program, watching movies with her dog, and walking on the Long Beach boardwalk with her family.