KCO Board


is the founder of Kick Cancer Overboard. He is the owner of Excel Travel in Long Branch, NJ, and has over 30 years of experience in individual and group travel. He is involved with many local organizations and a Paul Harris Fellow with the Greater Long Branch Rotary Club. Ted is a two time recipient of the Spinnaker Award from the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, and a recipient of the Osprey Award from the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce. After the healthiest people he had ever known (DonnaLyn Giegerich and her husband Tom Zapcic) both got hit by cancer, he saw the same thing happen over and over again, to friends and family, Watching Shark Tank one night, they talked about how in life (and your career) first: you fake it, then: you make it, then: you master it, and then (if you are lucky): you matter - and make a difference. Ted decided it was time to take action and make a difference. He ran his idea by DonnaLyn .... and the rest is history!


is a professional speaker,insurance entrepreneur & creator of donnalyn.org, a global advocacy site to empower others. She is a rare sarcoma survivor & caregiver in a Courageous Cancer Couple journey elevating what's possible with "less fear, more fun". Her work has been awarded by National Association of Women Business Owners, Rothman Entrepreneurial Inst, TeamSurvivorTriState and many others. She is a two time Spinnaker winner and Honorary Rotarian for service above self. Her national and local media credits are vast and their story was recently featured in new book The Art of Bouncing Back by Z. Greenberg. She is also a happy 20 year participant in Excel Travel’s “Make Us Happy – Go Away” club.


Has been an attorney for 24 years, the last 13 of which have been managing his own practice. He is a civil trial attorney, and has tried cases involving millions of dollars in damages. He is also a criminal trial attorney, and has spent several years as a judge in the Middletown Township Municipal Court. He is involved with KCO out of respect for, and in memory of, his father, grandparents and aunts/uncles who have died from cancer over the past thirty years. They will certainly appreciate the efforts made to help others avoid or deal with this disease.


Owner of PeLric Custom Window Treatments & Awnings,LLC. Of Neptune. Also overnight supervisor for Cablevision / Altice USA for 22years. Proud member of the Italian American Association of Ocean Township for the past six years, chairman of Public Relations and Events Committee. Part of Relay For Life Of Freehold for the past 12years as Committee Member and Volunteer. He enjoys fishing and relaxing on his boat.


Owner of PeLric Custom Window Treatments & Awnings, LLC. Of Neptune. Also a managing partner of Option 1 Shore Realty of Oakhurst. Maria is a proud chairperson for Relay For Life Of Freehold survivors luncheon and has been a chairperson for the past 14years. She enjoys relaxing on the dock and also enjoys boating and fishing.


from Hillsborough N.J. Works for the United States Postal Service. For 31 years. Founder and Chairperson for the Linda Walker Memorial Golf Outing to Honor his Wife who lost the battle with cancer 5 years ago. I have been supporting KCO with volunteering for the last 5 years and was honored to be asked to join the board 1 year ago.


Former professional skier in New England morphed into Senior Executive Technology Leader for several Fortune 50 companies, became the proud father of a special son and morphed again to become The New Jersey Marathon Executive Race Director. My family has also felt the impact of cancer as my son’s mother died of cancer in late 2002 after a 1.5 year battle (her father and grandmother were also cancer victims). I have also been the Central New Jersey Head Coach for The American Cancer Society - Determination Team One of my most memorable jobs with The New Jersey Marathon was as the head of the Charity Affiliate Program. Working with each of the charities has been a very rewarding experience, and has led me to this special organization!


comes to Kick Cancer Overboard through personal experience. In 2010, her not-yet-four-year-old grandson, Logan Parker, was diagnosed with a rare form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. A friend recommended Logan and his family for a KCO cruise. To fund that cruise, Pattie, along with more than 70 other friends, family members and supporters staffed three fluid stations at the NJ Marathon to benefit KCO. Logan, his parents, and older brother enjoyed a five-day cruise to Bermuda in 2012. Since that time, Pattie has continued to lead and staff two fluid stations each year at the marathon to benefit KCO and pay forward the gift given to her family. Sadly, Logan passed away in March 2016, but he will be remembered always and honored each year at the "Love for Logan" fluid stations at Mile 13.2 and Mile 23.3 along the marathon route. Pattie, who also lost her mother and other relatives and friends to cancer, is a public relations, communication, and marketing professional who has worked in the acute healthcare and long term care sectors for over 35 years and a staunch advocate for childhood cancer awareness.