Executive Board & Staff

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. | Board Member (*Past President)

I’m a dedicated animal lover and I believe strongly in ACF’s mission to help bring an end to cancers that afflict both humans and animals. While at Dewey &  LeBoeuf LLP as a litigation associate, I represented several community-based clients pro bono, including Animal Cancer Foundation.   I developed a strong relationship with the ACF Executive Board which inspired me to submit my candidacy for the Board after my tenure with Dewey.

Matthew is currently Assistant General Counsel at Aon Risk Solutions in New York.  He holds a JD from Rutgers School of Law and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Rutgers University Graduate School while holding both his BA and BS degrees from Rutgers College.

Jennifer Teitler | Secretary

Since my first pet bird Pretty Boy, I have always had a love of animals and an appreciation for the bond we share with them.  I was excited about becoming involved with ACF because it’s an organization that takes this bond to another level, by using research to explore the similarities humans and animals share when it comes to cancer.  I have seen too many loved ones – family members, friends and beloved pets – suffer with a cancer diagnosis and it’s exciting to be part of a board whose members share a common passion of finding cures for cancer and ending this terrible disease.  I live in NYC with my husband, son and three cats Babka, Latka and Coco and enjoy the simple pleasures of petting, pouncing and purring.

Jennifer is currently a Senior Vice President, Director at M Booth, an integrated marketing agency. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder and studied international relations in Paris.

Theresa (Cappellani) Botti, CPA | Treasurer

I believe very strongly in Animal Cancer Foundation’s mission of uniting pet and human cancer research for a cure. It is that collaborative approach to research that led me to them. In addition to devoting my time as ACF Board Treasurer, I’m also an active member of the AICPA and NYSCPA’s. Participating in both of these organizations is a result of my passion for animal advocacy. I currently live on Long Island with my family including our precious French bulldog.

Theresa is currently a Tax Manager at SFG Business Management, LLC. She graduated from Hofstra University with a BBA in Accounting.

David C. Levine, MD, FACS | Board Member (*Past President)  

I served as President of Animal Cancer Foundation Board of Directors from 2007 to 2014 and am delighted to return to the Board as an advisor.  I strongly believe ACF can facilitate the development of far more effective treatments for cancer in both our pets and people through innovative research in comparative oncology.

My wife and I currently live in Connecticut with our incredible Labrador Retriever, Luke.  We have three adult children and one grandchild.

David is Assistant Professor of Surgery (Retired), Hofstra University School of Medicine; Assistant Dean, Clinical Education (retired), New York College of Osteopathic Medicine; former board member of Nassau Physician’s Foundation and former Director, Medical Student Education, Dept. of Surgery, North Shore – LIJ Health System (Northwell Health). He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a post graduate degree from SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine.

Natasha Lunin | Board Member

I reside in Connecticut with my husband, am an empty-nester parent of three children and mom to two 9 year-old Bichon-Frisee.  I’m passionate about the health and well-being of humans and animals.

My grandmother died of cancer in her early fifties. My aunt died of melanoma when she turned 61. My great-grandfather lived through two world wars and succumbed to cancer late in his life. My mother-in-law passed away from lung cancer and so did my best friend’s grandmother. There are less than three degrees of separation from a person who knows someone else who battled and/or succumbed to cancer. The reason I always wanted to be involved in a mission to treat and eliminate cancer from our lives is because it was always personal and important to me.

Natasha holds an MBA from Quinnipiac University and a BS from Southern Connecticut State University.

Jonathan Peris | Board Member

I joined the ACF Board after losing my 10.5 year old Golden Retriever, Leo, to cancer after six years fighting the disease. Since then, I have become passionate about animals and the groundbreaking work of this organization. I am also an advocate of protecting people’s health. I encourage everyone to leave time for personal fitness and fulfillment. Away from the office, I enjoy the personal rewards of supporting various philanthropies not only serving as an ACF Board Member, but through my participation in competitions such as triathlons.

My affiliation with ACF has allowed me to expand the reach of my health advocacy efforts to pets, as well. I couldn’t be more thrilled by this opportunity to serve both people and pets.

Jon is currently a Private Wealth Advisor at Stifel and founder of Skyline Investments. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Cornell University.

Gerald S. Post, DVM, MEM, DACVIM (Oncology) | Board Member & Founder

I founded Animal Cancer Foundation more than 20 years ago, as The Ruth & Sam Newman Initiative, in California. Named in memory of my grandparents “two people who cherished life and whose love, compassion and understanding of all things human and animal will always be remembered.” I realized during my residency in veterinary oncology at the Animal Medical Center and spending time at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center that cancers in pets and people were very similar. I wanted to harness the power of comparative oncology, studying cancers in pets to help people, to help increase the speed of cancer research.

I truly believe that the collaboration and knowledge gained between human and veterinary oncologists through comparative oncology can be used to cure many cancers not only in animals but humans as well.

Dr. Post is currently the Medical Director at The Veterinary Care Center in Norwalk, CT. He has his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and post graduate degrees from University of Minnesota and Duke University.

Barbara Cohen | Executive Director

I joined Animal Cancer Foundation as Executive Director in 2009 because the mission to unite pet and human cancer research resonated with me. As a decade long volunteer with golden retriever rescue, I had witnessed how many dogs were fighting the same cancers that friends and family had also contracted. I was amazed at the information veterinary oncologists had acquired in their care for our pets that wasn’t being tapped by oncology research for people. I want to change that so that both pets and people benefit from the breakthroughs of collaborative research.

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.

Dorian Stern | Director of Development

As an animal lover and also as someone who has unfortunately been impacted by cancer, I look to use my experience, knowledge and fervor to build on the momentum of ACF’s notable reputation and connect with supporters to offer opportunities for hope and advancement in comparative oncology research.

My role at Animal Cancer Foundation is to present pet lovers, pet parents who have faced the challenges of cancer and anyone who has had a loved one hear the words – I’m sorry to say, but you have cancerwith opportunity to help further the innovation of comparative oncology and fund research.