Cool Cars for Kids Board of Directors
Our board is a group of both car enthusiasts, supporters and medical professionals.
Alla Valente, Brooklyn (New York)
Alla Valente brings 20+ years of B2B marketing expertise with a focusing on risk, compliance, and financial technologies that help businesses manage risk and improve positive outcomes. Alla brings a passion for rare pediatric diseases and has been involved with the American Liver Foundation where she has raised over $25,000 and with the Alagille Syndrome Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where she and her family have participated in a number of studies and clinical trials. Alla is a lifelong New Yorker, a self-proclaimed foodie, and a fan of the Oxford Comma. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, John, their two children, and their cocker spaniel.
Sandy Cotterman (Massachusetts)
Sandy Cotterman found the motorsports party rather late in life. Under the Jaguar marque she became a passionate enthusiast and is a JCNA certified judge for prestigious concours events up and down the east coast. Her credentialed media pass has landed her at the top concours events researching the cars of the world’s finest automotive museums. She’s been in the pits at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Monaco’s F1, Daytona, and Sebring to name just a few. She’s attended high performance driving courses and recently participated in her first TSD rally, the Monte Shelton NW Classic. Sandy also rights for MMR (Motorsports Marketing Resources) under the bi-line Sandy on Assignment.
Lainey, Moseley, Philadelphia, PA
Lainey is also an Emmy Award winning Producer for CBS News’ 48 Hours and is contributing opinion writer to the Washington Post and Philadelphia Inquirer, advocating on behalf of special needs kids and young adults with rare diagnoses. She has been a volunteer at CHOP for the past 10 years as a speaker and member of the Family Centered Care Center. Most of all, Lainey is an awesome mother to 4 kids - her proudest accomplishment. Leta, Lainey's oldest daughter was the first patient in the world diagnosed with CHOP's syndrome. She is an medical advocate for her daughter and
Sierra Fortunato, Operations Coordinator
Sierra is a Program Coordinator at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia within the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome and Related Diagnoses clinic. In her short time working in the field, she has been touched by countless families and patients, who drive across the country and sometimes the globe to be seen by the best physicians in the CdLS world. Along with creating all of the promotional materials, marketing collateral and web design, Sierra is one of the core members of the sponsorship and planning committees for Cool Cars for Kids fundraising efforts and events.
Michael Tillson III, President and Director (Pennsylvania)
Mike is founder of Tillson Motorcars and the Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance. He began his career crafting custom bodies with the Derman Body Co. in Rosemont, PA., and later with Algar Ferrari. He was also involved in international racing as a driver and car builder. Mike and his team currently compete in major exhibition and motor racing events around the country. Mike has merged his passion with classic cars with the mission of Cool Cars for Kids in bringing the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance into existence.
Sarah Raible, Secretary and Director (Pennsylvania)
Sarah is a Genetic Counselor and Clinical Director of the Center for Cornelia de Lange Syndrome and Related Diagnoses at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Sarah is passionate about helping children and their families with rare genetic diagnoses and doing everything clinically possible to improve the health and happiness of these kids. Sarah brings her vision, esthetics, organizational skills and indomitable spirit to Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. and the Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance and is a driving force behind its success.
Dr. Ian Krantz, Director (Pennsylvania)
Ian is a pediatrician and geneticist who has been on the faculty at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania for over 20 years. Ian is both a clinician and basic scientist and his work is focused on finding the causes of rare genetic conditions and using that information to develop new therapeutic modalities. He has had a life-long love of classic cars and Cool Cars for Kids, Inc. The Philadelphia Concours d’Elegance is the perfect way to bring those two worlds together to provide a top notch venue for amazing cars and to increase awareness of rare disorders and improve the lives of affected kids and their families.
Paul Patitucci, Treasurer and Director (Pennsylvania)
Paul has worked in the Financial Services field for over 25 years. Paul's concentration over this time has been helping both companies and their employees administer and invest their retirement plans. The goal has always been to help others retire with comfort and dignity. Recently Paul left the corporate world in order to start his own firm providing alternative financial solutions. Paul lives in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife Beth and two sons, Joe and Andrew. Joe has worked in the lab at CHOP, just graduated high school and now attends Temple University. Andrew was born with Cornelia de Lange Syndrome and has spent many days and nights at CHOP which makes Cool Cars for Kids a very important, very personal endeavor for Paul.
Julie Mairano, Clerk and Director (Massachusetts)
Julie is a proud member of the Board of Directors of Cool Cars for Kids and an experienced nonprofit executive. As Executive Director of the Cornelia de Lange Syndrome (CdLS) Foundation for over 22 years, she led the organization through a period of substantial growth. As a parent of a daughter (Lisa) who lived for 34 years with CdLS she is inspired to make the Center for CdLS and Related Diagnoses a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia a medical and research home for children with rare diagnoses.
Susan & David Fowler, Directors (New Jersey)
David spent 37 years at Chubb in a number of executive roles, undertaking consulting work in NYC and Harvard Business School. He is an avid boater in NJ, Cape Cod and FL. He has served on numerous not for profit boards. Susan is a former teacher and current owner of Down to Basics bedding business in Red Bank NJ for the last 26 years. They have two children – David, 29, in commercial real estate in NYC and Logan, 28 (who has Cornelia de Lange Syndrome) is living in Westbrook, CT in a program called Vista Innovations. They are Founding Donors of the Center for CdLS and Related Diagnoses at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. They joined the CCfK Board of Directors in 2016 as Founding Members.
Dr. Fred Simeone, Director (Philadelphia)
After his graduation from University of Pennsylvania and Mayo Clinic residency, he joined the faculty of Harvard Medical School to practice neurosurgery. Later he was recruited to the University of Pennsylvania where he ultimately became professor and an active practitioner for 40 years. During this time he served the community, he developed a referral practice while he was engaged in research. He ultimately edited nine neurosurgical books and wrote over 100 papers. His avocation was studying automotive history with a particular interest in sports cars, and this led to a collection that represents the best cars of the five major countries active in international sports car racing. He retired from neurosurgery in June 2008 to create a foundation and museum where he manages its educational mission.
Dick Vermeil, Director and Honorary Chairman (Pennsylvania)
Dick is a retired head coach for the National Football League’s Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams and Kansas City Chiefs. He owns the distinction of being named “Coach of the Year” for high school, junior college, NCAA Division I and professional football. His father, Louis Vermeil, operated a backyard garage in California where Dick grew up. Dick began working in the garage in his early teens. Louis Vermeil owned several race cars, and Old Number 7 a.k.a “Black Beauty”, his favorite and most successful car, was inducted into the National Sprint Car Association Hall of Fame. Dick now owns Black Beauty, has restored it and participates in vintage racing.
Susan Tatios, Director (Philadelphia)
Susan is the manager at Mike Tillson Motorcars. She has been involved in the automotive and classic car field for over 25 years and has judged at many top concours including Boca Raton Concours, Churchill Downs Concours, French Lick Concours, Radnor Concours, Hilton Head Concours, and others. Susan has a long-standing interest in helping children with developmental disorders both through her personal and philanthropic experiences.