Animal Cancer Foundation's Directors voluntarily provide outstanding executive leadership and professional acumen in business, research, finance, marketing, public relations and law. Many of the members of the board have had a personal experience with cancer in their pet and human family members and understand the community they serve.
Matthew Vuolo, Esq, co-President
Matthew is currently Assistant General Counsel at Aon Risk Solutions in New York where he advises business clients in the structuring of group insurance placements, as well as all aspects of the formulation and execution of its business strategy and key initiatives. He counsels clients on regulatory and corporate compliance matters pertaining to all facets of their business, with a particular focus on contract review and negotiations and corporate governance. Prior to joining Aon, Matt served as a partner in the New York office of Nelson, Levine, DeLuca & Hamilton, as Corporate Counsel for MetLife, and was a litigation associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. Matt seconded as Special Assistant District Attorney with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office from January through July 2008, where he tried multiple felony criminal cases to verdict in New York State Supreme Court. While at Dewey, Matt represented several community-based clients pro bono, including Animal Cancer Foundation. Matt’s strong relationship with the ACF executive board during this time, inspired him to submit his candidacy for the board after his tenure with Dewey.
Matt holds a JD from Rutgers School of Law – Newark and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University Graduate School. He holds his BA and BS degrees from Rutgers College.
Matt is a dedicated animal lover and believes strongly in ACF’s mission to help bring an end to cancers that afflict both humans and animals.
Annie Selkovits Taylor - co-President
Annie has spent over 30 years in the investment management field. Over the course of her career she’s been associated with a number of boutique investment managers focusing on high net worth individuals. Her work experience has included research, client services, portfolio management as well as compliance. In 2008, Annie formed ThunderCap, LLC to consult with small investment advisors on their compliance needs. She works with both the SEC and State registered advisors.
Annie graduated from the University of Chicago in 1978 and has earned several professional accreditations subsequently. She is currently a member of the National Society of Compliance Professionals (NSCP). In addition to the Animal Cancer Foundation board, Annie serves on the boards of the Stamford Land Conservation Trust and a private company in the technology space. She is a former member of the Board of Representatives in Stamford, CT. Annie lives in Stamford with her husband, daughter and a pack of Norwich Terriers.
Jennifer Teitler - Secretary
Jennifer is currently a Senior Vice President, Director at M Booth, an integrated marketing agency, and has nearly 25 years of experience building consumer brands across lifestyle categories including beauty, fashion, home and food. Brands that Jennifer has provided counsel for include Vaseline, St. Ives, JCPenney, Burlington, Canada Goose, Lands’ End, and Pier 1. Jennifer is responsible for developing strategic plans and creative platforms for her clients, as well as overseeing the team’s day-to-day activity and ongoing media efforts. She has developed numerous integrated brand equity building campaigns, launched dozens of new products and executed big and small special events for the media and consumers. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied international relations in Paris.
Elisa Martin - Treasurer
Elisa is a Senior Financial Analyst at Medtronic, one of the world's leading medical technology development companies, supporting the Hernia & Hemostats division in driving performance across the business and executing strategies to deliver its financial goals. Elisa is the primary Finance contact for U.S. sales and marketing and new product development. Elisa was a Senior Financial Analyst for Blue Cross Blue Shield, and also held an Assistant Controller role at News World Communications in Washington, DC. She holds an MBA from George Washington University with a concentration in Finance & Accounting. She has lived in Venezuela and Italy and speaks fluent Spanish.
Gerald S. Post, DVM, MEM, DACVIM (Oncology) - Board Member & Founder
Gerald Post, principal of The Veterinary Cancer Center in Norwalk, Connecticut and founder of the Animal Cancer Foundation, is one of approximately 300 board-certified veterinary oncologists in the United States. He has more than 20 years experience as a veterinary oncologist and has participated in clinical oncology research on the national and international levels. He champions the field of comparative oncology every chance he gets. He truly believes that the knowledge gained through comparative oncology can be used to cure many cancers not only in animals but humans as well. Recently Dr. Post and colleagues authored two seminal papers significantly advancing the treatment of both B-cell lymphoma and T-cell lymphoma in dogs. Dr. Post has devoted his life to animals and always had a strong interest in small animal oncology. He is currently serving on the scientific advisory board of two biotech companies. Dr. Post is also an active member of three other non-profit organizations, serving as a trustee for the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence, a member of the board of directors for Saving Species and a founding board member for the Riedel and Cody Fund. The intersection of fields of knowledge greatly interests Dr. Post and he is actively pursuing the use of knowledge from diverse fields—business, psychology, physics, medicine, sociology and economics –to more effectively treat, diagnose and prevent cancer in both pets and people. He is also evaluating effectiveness in the field of endangered species conservation with a particular interest in using interdisciplinary research– utilizing what we know about evidence and effectiveness in the medical field, amongst others–and applying it to conservation. He believes evaluating the evidence of what contributes to success and failure is key in all domains of study.
Lauren MacInnis Johnson - Board Member
Lauren MacInnis Johnson is the owner and Chief Executive Officer of Barking Mad Baking Company, LLC. Founded out of love for her dogs and to benefit dogs’ health, Barking Mad is committed to making nutritious, organic, allergy conscious treats. Lauren and her firm are passionate about dogs and a healthy lifestyle for pets and their parents.
Thought leader and successful entrepreneur, Lauren has spent 4 years making delicious canine cookies, 8 years in the online media industry, and has over 14 years of business research expertise. Lauren’s experience includes working in market intelligence for a Fortune 500 company, where she played a key role in the development of its social media program. Since then, Lauren has helped other companies connect and engage with their markets and create a positive online reputation through the use of social media.
Lauren graduated from the University of Vermont with a BA in English and Film. She is an advisor to her sorority Executive Board at Sacred Heart University, and has recently joined the board of the Animal Cancer Foundation - an incredible honor, and a cause very dear to her heart.
Lauren and her husband Kent are dedicated animal lovers and parents of two Scottish Terriers.
Jonathan Peris - Board Member
Jon is a Private Wealth Advisor with 20 years of Capital Markets and Wealth Management Experience. At the core, his team offers customized strategies and solutions for their client's wealth management, banking, and capital markets needs.
Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Jon founded Skyline Investments, an investment management company where Jon traded and managed money for First New York Securities and RBC Capital Markets. Earlier in his career, Jon was an equity trader and Vice President with Knight Capital Group.
In 1994, Jon graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's degree in Economics. Today, he lives in Mountainside, New Jersey with his wife, Sari, their three children and a new pup. Jon recently joined the board of ACF. Having recently lost his 10.5 year old Golden Retriever, Leo, to cancer after six years fighting the disease, he is passionate about animals and the good work ACF does to benefit animals and humans.
Jon has also served for years as a mentor and on the Board of Trail Blazers, an award-winning youth development organization focused on the environment.
An advocate of protecting people's health and wealth, Jon encourages clients to leave time for personal fitness and fulfillment. Away from the office, Jon enjoys the personal rewards of supporting various philanthropies, as a sports, fitness, music, travel and photography fan, and spending time with family and friends.
Barbara Cohen - Executive Director
Since 2008, Barbara has led the Animal Cancer Foundation’s efforts to increase philanthropic support for comparative oncology research. She directs the organization’s day-to-day management. She is most proud of instituting annual Comparative Oncology Awards, grants to comparative oncology research teams. Prior to joining the organization, Barbara taught English Language Arts in the Manhasset Public Schools and was advisor to the National Junior Honor Society. She received the Exemplars Teacher of the Year Award in 1997. She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC), and volunteers as Vice President of the local chapter of the Association of Gifted and Talented Education in New York.
Barbara received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and certification in the Community Health Program from Tufts University. She earned a Masters of Science in Secondary Education/English from Long Island University/CW Post.
She volunteered for a decade as the vice president of Long Island Golden Retriever Rescue, currently volunteers for Sunshine Golden Retriever Rescue, and has herself lost two beloved dogs to cancer. Barbara is married with one child. She currently has two rescued dogs: a golden retriever and a poodle mix.