Welcome Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer
Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. DDF seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality. Visit our Contact Us Page
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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board of Directors of Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer is comprised of distinguished individuals dedicated to DDF's mission of raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers and its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality. Board members volunteer their time to DDF and receive no compensation for their generous support.

Officers


Debra L. Zelman, Esquire - President
Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer, Davie, Florida

Debra (Debbie) L. Zelman is the President and Founder of Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer. Prior to her diagnosis, Debbie practiced law for sixteen years and had her own firm for ten years in Plantation, Florida. She specialized in commercial litigation, real estate ...
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Jason Chalik, Esquire - Co-Vice President
The Law Offices of Chalik & Chalik, Plantation, Florida

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jason Chalik and his family moved to the Sunshine State in 1977. He is proud to have founded a law firm headquartered in the community of Plantation, Florida where he grew up and served as president of his high school student council. He attended American ...
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Richard D. Tuschman, Esquire - Co-Vice President
Akerman Senterfitt, Miami, Florida

Richard Tuschman is an attorney and shareholder with Akerman Senterfitt in the firm's Miami office. He concentrates his practice in labor and employment law and complex litigation, counseling clients on employment-related issues, and handling a wide range of litigation in ...
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Ira D. Kaplan, CPA - Treasurer
Furniture Brands International

Ira Kaplan has served on the Board of Directors of Furniture Brands International (NYSE: FBN) since May 2008. Mr. Kaplan serves as the Board's Audit Committee Chairman. Furniture Brands International is a global operating company that is one of the nation's leading designers, ...
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Madelyn L. Zelman, MEd - Secretary
Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer, Davie, Florida

Madelyn Linda Zelman is a founding member of Debbie's Dream Foundation. She is the Secretary of the DDF Board of Directors, Communications Editor, and has served as DDF Acquisitions Chair. Madelyn received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Brooklyn College ...
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Susan Heffernan Bond - Communications Chair
Procacci Development Corporation, Boca Raton, Florida

While most of Susan Heffernan Bond's professional experience has been within the real estate arena, she has also been heavily involved with Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer. Since 2010 she has served as the Communications Chairperson for the organization ...
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Directors


Ciara L. Bostick, Ed.D

Dr. Ciara L. Bostick has devoted her time to serving the community nationwide.  To date, one of her greatest community service projects was a weeklong visit to New Orleans.  There she spent her first college spring break in New Orleans after the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.  ...
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Madelyn T. Herzfeld, RN
On Q Health, Miami, Florida

Madelyn Trupkin Herzfeld was Founder, President, and General Manager of the Institute for Medical Education & Research, Inc. (IMER), where she led the development of accredited oncology continuing education/continuing medical education programs for nurses, physicians, ...
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Stuart T. Kapp, Esquire
Proskauer Rose, LLP, Boca Raton, Florida

Stuart T. Kapp, a partner in Proskauer Rose, LLP's Boca Raton office, practices commercial real estate and corporate transactions. He has been recognized by Florida Trend Magazine as one of Florida's Legal Elite and featured in Florida Super Lawyers. Stuart has served on the Board of ...
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Marsha Levy, MEd

Marsha Levy was born in Tampa, Florida and has been a resident of Broward County for over fifty years. She attended the University of Georgia and received her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Special Education from Florida Atlantic University. She was employed for many years in the Broward County school system, and then worked privately specializing in learning disabilities remediation. Marsha has always been a passionate advocate for quality education and environmental improvement. Her interest has led to the development of programs which are being implemented today in Broward County. Her community and statewide service has included her commitment  to HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Dependent Youth) ,the 17th Circuit  Guardian ad Litem Program, Broward College Foundation Board, State of Florida Highway Beautification Council, State of Florida Board of Bar Examiners (Emeritus member), and Greening Gateways (Chair). She is married to Alan Levy, and they have two children, Eric Levy and Hope Levy Mendelsohn. She is a very proud grandmother of twins, Hannah and Benjamin Mendelsohn. Marsha Levy was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Debbie's Dream Foundation, and she was honored to become a member of this extraordinary organization. Marsha has known Debbie Zelman since she was a child, and wants to help see a cure for stomach cancer, which Debbie has been fighting for more than six years. Debbie and her loving family are an inspiration to everyone who believes in the power of the human spirit to create positive changes for the future.


Steven M. Marks, Esquire
Exec. Vice President and General Counsel Recording Industry Association of America, Washington, DC

Steven Marks is Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Mr. Marks is part of the senior management team that develops strategy for industry-wide projects at the intersection of business, policy, legal and public ...
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Libia F. Scheller, PhD, MBA
Global Head-Oncology Cooperative Groups & Strategic Alliances for Bayer Health Care Pharmaceuticals

Libia F. Scheller, PhD, MBA is the Global Head of Oncology Cooperative Groups & Strategic Alliances for Bayer Health Care Pharmaceuticals. Her focus is on building strategic partnerships world-wide with key opinion leaders in cooperative groups and research networks in ...
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Kathleen Thomsen
Kathleen Thomsen Consulting, Inc., Plantation, Florida

Kathleen Thomsen began working in the philanthropy field professionally in 2003, when she accepted a position as Assistant Director of Development for Legal Aid Service of Broward County responsible for research and writing grants for 9 units.  In 2005 she was promoted to ...
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