Meet our team


Board Members
Breast Intentions relies solely on donations and volunteers to fulfill its mission. We have no paid staff and all donations go to women in crisis.  

Executive board

Erika Rech

Erika Rech is 24 years old and is employed as an analyst at JP Morgan Chase in New York City.

She graduated in 2014 from the Villanova University School of Business with a degree in Finance. In addition to her work with Breast Intentions and the PINK PACT™, Erika has also volunteered for RAINE in Hazlet for the past 12 years, and Challenger Sports in Middletown. She was named the 'NJ Biz Healthcare Hero - Volunteer of the Year 2013', 'Garden State Woman Youth Volunteer for 2012', and a 'NJ HERO' by First Lady Mary Pat Christie for her work with Breast Intentions.


Mike Ruane

Mike is 24 years old and a graduate of Rutgers University class of 2015.

Mike is a licensed FINRA and currently works at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in Manhattan. He serves as Breast Intentions' prime representative in the greater New York City area. Mike has worked closely with youth groups, various clubs and organizations to partner in raising money for women who struggle with breast cancer.


Joan Antonino

Joan Antonino has been on the Board of Breast Intentions since its inception.


In addition to her role with Breast Intentions, she has held various claims positions in the insurance industry for the past 25 years. She has held leadership positions on Middletown Township PFA Boards and currently volunteers for St. Catharine's Church in Holmdel, New Jersey. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from St. John's University and did her Graduate studies at Rutgers University. She has 2 children, Giovanna and Emily and is married to Dominick Antonino.


Dominick Antonino

Dominick has been a proud mentor to Breast Intentions' founders, Erika and Mike, since the organization's infancy. He has a true passion for the work he does for Breast Intentions.

Dominick worked for 25 years as an International Money Market Broker for Tullett Prebon. Dominick currently serves as Deputy Center Manager at ReNewJersey Stronger. He has been a soccer coach for the past 20 years for both Hazlet and Middletown Soccer Clubs. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from St. John's University in New York. Dominick is married to Joan Antonino and has 2 children, Giovanna and Emily.

Lou Ann Peck

New Jersey Board of Directors

Marianne Ruane

Marianne Ruane is a mother of five children. Her early career as a stock trader on Wall Street prepared her well for the chaos of a big family. She dedicated herself to being a stay at home Mom who was involved in many school activities and served as PTA president for many years.


Service and charity have always been her passion so when her son, Mike, co-founded Breast Intentions, she was honored to be a part of such a worthwhile cause. In addition to serving on the Board of Breast Intentions, Marianne works as an Administrative Assistant for NJ Senator Joe Kyrillos.


Carol Rech

Carol is one of the family members at the heart of Breast Intentions.

After a 25 year career on Wall Street, Carol retired intending to travel with her family. Eighteen months after retirement, Carol was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. After two more family members were subsequently affected by breast cancer, Carol’s daughter, Erika, co-founded Breast Intentions. Carol has worked tirelessly to help Erika grow this amazing charity and is so proud of her daughters accomplishments. Carol and her husband live in Middletown and are parents to Erika and her sister, Allie.


Brian Olore

Brian is a software engineer in the Innovation Lab at ADP.

He holds a Masters Degree in Software Development from Marist College. Brian has been a Board Member for Breast Intentions since 2011 and has worked with the charity for over 5 years. Brian currently lives in Middletown, NJ with his wife and 2 children.

Linda Cendagorta

When it comes to community volunteerism, Linda’s mantra is ‘those that can….should’.

She has been part of the executive board for several other non-profit organizations as President (Village PFA), Vice President (Thompson PFA), and Treasurer (MTEF).


Linda holds a BBA in MIS from Pace University. Her background is in computer systems, communications technology and banking.


Melissa Marsiello

Melissa works at Financial Research Associates, a forensic accounting firm in Edison, NJ.

She was a former neighbor to fellow board members, Joan and Dominick Antonino, and has been an active participant of Breast Intentions since its inception.

She currently lives in Union Beach with her husband and daughter.

New Jersey Advisory Board

Kevin O'Brien

Kevin is currently Director, Regional Head of the Protection Group Americas for Deutsche Bank.

He has held several roles in the field of Corporate Security and Crisis Management over the past 18 years. Kevin and his wife Jennifer have been inspired by the local effectiveness of Breast Intentions. Together they live in Middletown, NJ with their three children.


Jen O'Brien

Jen spent over 10 years as an Human Resources Executive at a law firm before turning her efforts to raise her 3 children.

She has been extremely active on several PTO boards, especially during Hurricane Sandy relief efforts at the Jersey Shore. She was introduced to Breast Intentions in 2011 and immediately wanted to be more engaged with the organization.

She lives in Middletown, NJ with her husband and 3 children.


Lisa Smith

Lisa Smith is currently a Health and Physical Education teacher and softball coach in the Middletown Township School District.

She joined Breast Intentions after being inspired by two young students, Erika and Michael, who have proven age isn't a factor in making a real difference in the world. Her grandmother, Lena, is also a survivor of breast cancer. Lisa is a graduate of the University of Georgia and lives in Red Bank, N.J. with her husband and three children.

Kate Irizarry

Kate is a former public relations executive turned preschool teacher.

She graduated from Rutgers University in 2001 with a degree in Journalism and Communications. She is a dog rescuer, a softball coach, and a NY Giants fan. She lives in Matawan, NJ with her husband and 2 young daughters.

Gaby Antonino

Gabriella Antonino was born in 1993 and is the 3rd of eight children. Currently attending St. Francis College in Brooklyn NY, she will obtain her Bachelor of the Arts in English Literature with a minor in Women’s Studies in December of 2016. While working toward this degree, she spent 3 weeks in Kingston, Jamaica assisting the Marist Sisters in their mission to educate underprivileged, vulnerable youth. Gabriella has worked for 5 years as a Front Desk Office Manager at The Health Doctors Chiropractic Care Center, managing patient intake, scheduling and routing. Gabriella began her work with Breast Intentions in 2014. She has coordinated various fundraisers for the New York Chapter.

Pamela Marcellus

Norma Tignanelli

Norma Tignanelli received a BA degree from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She has worked as a Rehabilitation Coordinator with Underwriters Adjusting Company, a Bodily Injured Claims Adjuster with Prudential Property and Casualty, and a Substitute Teacher in the Middletown area.
She was a member of the Business and Professional Committee of the  American Cancer Society. Both she and her husband, Jim were the 2011 Honorees of the American Cancer Society's Monmouth County Ball.  She has also been a Volunteer with Catholic Charities Of Monmouth County. 
Norma is happy to say she is a two time Breast Cancer Survivor. Norma joined the Board of Breast Intentions last year. She lives in Holmdel with her husband, and has 2 grown sons, Chris a Surgeon and Drew, an Actuary.
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