Board Member Bios

Board Member Bios

Our board of directors and honorary board are made up of dedicated individuals from many disciplines and backgrounds. Eileen’s family, leading experts in cancer research, and sports superstars, these people share one common goal: Winning the battle against cancer in honor of Eileen and a future without cancer.


David Jurist

David is a mentor to children and their families battling cancer, as well as a business executive and entrepreneur.  A successful businessman for over forty years, David served as President and CEO of one of the largest printing companies in the northeast.

David is a consultant to Hackensack University Medical Center Foundation and has served on numerous boards for over three decades, including the Board of Governors at Hackensack Meridian Health and Hackensack University Medical Center.

David has been recognized for his steadfast commitment for children and their families battling cancer and other diseases. He is a loving and dedicated father, grandfather, and husband.


Alice Jurist

Alice has dedicated her life to supporting not for profit organizations devoted to helping children and their families who are living with cancer and other disabilities. For over 40 years Alice hosted the Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund annual picnic at her home for over 300 kids and their families.

Alice has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her unwavering commitment to raising awareness about childhood cancer and needed support services. She is also founder and CEO of The Willow’s Communications, a full-service design & communications company.

Alice currently serves on the John Theurer Cancer Center Oversight Committee.  She also served on the Tomorrow’s Children’s Fund Executive Board.

deirdre imus

Deirdre Imus

Deirdre Imus is President and Founder of The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center® at Hackensack University Medical Center. The Center’s mission is to identify, control & ultimately prevent toxic exposures in the environment that threaten our children's health. Under Deirdre’s leadership, the Center has undertaken important research on environmental chemicals in newborn cord blood, the efficacy and safety of nontoxic treatment of head lice in children, and the effects of hormone disrupting chemicals on children’s health, to name a few.

In her quest to clean up the environment for our kids, Deirdre developed the award-winning Greening The Cleaning® program and product line, which replaces the hazardous ingredients commonly found in cleaning agents with environmentally-responsible, less toxic products wherever possible.  The program and products are used throughout the country in schools, healthcare facilities, and businesses.

Deirdre is also the Founder of, a resource for healthy green living where Deirdre shares tips on how to "green" the way you care for yourself, your family and the planet. You’ll find practical tips, the latestenvironmental news, research, and in-depth articles from Deirdre on everything from the food you eat and the clothes you wear to baby care essentials, cosmetics, and personal care products. Deirdre is a vegetarian for life!

Deirdre is Co-Founder/Co-Director of the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer, and has multiple books on the New York Times bestseller list. Her books include “Green This! Greening Your Cleaning;” “Growing Up Green,” “The Essential Green You;” and “The Imus Ranch: Cooking for Kids and Cowboys.”

Deirdre has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors for her impact as a leader in the field of environmental health and for raising awareness about childhood chronic illnesses.  She was named “Woman of the Year” by the USO in 2008, and one of Glamour Magazine’s Eco Heroes in 2009. Deirdre received The Rachel Carson Award from the National Audubon Society in 2007 for her contributions to conservation, and that same year Pace University bestowed her with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.  Also in 2007, Deirdre was presented with the National Autism Association’s BELIEVE award and was honored as a “Champion for Autism” by The Autism Education Foundation of MUJC in New Jersey.  She was named Person of the year in 2007 by Spectrum Magazine, a news source for families affected by autism.  In 2013 Deirdre received the Canary Award for her efforts toward creating a healthy and sustainable future for our children.  She serves on the boards of several children’s health organizations, including the National Autism Association, Safe Minds, Generation Rescue, SKIP of New York, East Harlem Council for Human Services, Inc.,Boriken Neighborhood Health Center.

John Donald Imus

Don Imus

Don Imus is an American former radio personality, television show host, recording artist, and author. He is known for his radio show Imus in the Morning which aired on various stations and digital platforms nationwide until 2018. A former railroad brakeman and miner, Imus attended broadcasting school in the 1960s and secured his first radio job in 1968 at KUTY in Palmdale, California. Three years later, he landed the morning spot at WNBC in New York City.  Imus won four Marconi Awards, three for Major Market Personality of the Year (1990,[100] 1992[101] and 1997[102]) and one for Network Syndicated Personality (1994).[103] Imus was named one of the 25 Most Influential People in America in Time magazine (April 21, 1997). He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1989. In 2002, Talkers magazine ranked Imus as one of the 25 greatest radio talk show hosts of all time. He was placed on the cover of Time Magazine in 1997 and 2007.

The Imus Ranch was a working cattle ranch of nearly 3,000 acres (1,200 ha) located in Ribera, New Mexico, 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Santa Fe.[1] Between 1998–2014, it was the site of a non-profit charitable program for seriously ill children, founded by long-time radio personality Don Imus and his wife, Deirdre. The charitable organization sought to ensure the continuity of the lives of children afflicted with cancer or serious blood diseases.[1] The charity's goal was to provide children ages 10–17 with an experience of living life on a functioning cattle ranch free of charge, to build up the child's self-confidence and sense of accomplishment, in the company of similar children facing serious illness.[2] In later years, it also opened to siblings of SIDS victims. It was incorporated in New York State and registered as a non-profit organization under subsection 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code. It closed following the 2014 season.

During his career Imus raised nearly A HALF BILLION DOLLARS for various charities


Robert C. Garrett

Robert C. Garrett is the CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health, New Jersey’s largest health network with 17 hospitals, 500 patient care locations, 34,000 team members and 6,500 physicians. Under Mr. Garrett’s visionary leadership, the network opened the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine at Seton Hall University, formed an historic partnership with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and secured the network’s merger with New Jersey’s largest behavioral health provider to dramatically improve access and the quality of care for addiction treatment and mental illness in New Jersey and beyond.

Mr. Garrett’s leadership and strategic vision have garnered much professional praise. He was featured in The CEO Forum’s 10 CEOs Transforming Healthcare in America this year, on ROI Influencers: Power List 2019 and 2018 and was ranked #1 in the NJBIZ 2017 “Power 50 Health Care” list. He was also ranked on the 2017 “NJBIZPower 100: The most powerful people in New Jersey business” list for six consecutive years.

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Mark Douglas Messier

Mark Messier is a Canadian former professional ice hockey center of the National Hockey League and former special assistant to the president and general manager of the New York Rangers. In 2017, Messier was named as the 100 Greatest NHL Players in history and bestowed the honor of Officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General David Johnston for his contributions to hockey as an outstanding player and captain, and for his leadership in encouraging children to take up the sport.

Samuel Jurist

Samuel Jurist

Samuel Jurist is the Co-Founder & CEO of SHO Product, a technology company, manufacturing, developing products and services for the cannabis industry.

Sam graduated from Carroll School of Management at Boston College. After college, Sam co–founded a successful real estate brokerage in NYC, and built the first mobile app to license music clips under 30 seconds from the major record labels and publishers.

SUZY Jurist

Suzy Jurist O’Shea

Suzy is the founder and President of SJI Associates, a full-service design and advertising studio. Under Suzy’s leadership, SJI employees actively work together for philanthropic causes, completing pro bono design projects for organizations like Tomorrows Children’s Fund and Journey for 9/11, and volunteering for other charity activities.


Leslie Slender

Vice President of Brand Partnerships and Events at Cumulus Media, Leslie produces and runs all major events, concerts and programs for Cumulus New York. Leslie created key signature events for all stations, as well as the Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer and was instrumental in campaigns that raised millions of dollars, together with Don and Deirdre Imus.

nancy radwin

Nancy Radwin

Senior Director, Public Relations at Hackensack Meridian Health, Nancy joined The Eileen Fund to enhance our Public Relations and Outreach Program.

Adam M. Green

Adam M. Green

Adam recently retired as Managing Director at J.P. Morgan where he worked for over twenty years, most recently leading the FinTech and Field Engagement ream within Digital Wealth Management.

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Michael A. Katz

Michael is an attorney who focuses on Real Property, Business Transactions, and Taxation.