Team

Dr. Carlo Rago, PhD

Dr. Carlo Rago, PhD

Dr. Rago studied at Johns Hopkins University and specializes in cellular and molecular medicine. He has been instrumental in his research efforts and collaborates with JAR of Hope and other foundations to identify the most viable biomedical research projects for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Dave Ferber

Committee Chair

Matt LeBow

Race Coordinator

John Avalone

Committee Member

Joe Ippolito

Committee Member

Anthony Kapasakis

Committee Member
James Raffone

James Raffone

Founder & CEO

Founder of JAR of Hope, Mr. Raffone brings an unwavering resolve that comes with the desire to preserve the life of his young son. He spearheads all JAR of Hope initiatives while running the organization’s day-to-day operations.

Heather DeVito

Heather DeVito

Regional Ambassador – Utah

After learning about JAR of Hope and Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy from a post on a friend’s Facebook page, Heather wanted to do more to help raise funds and awareness in her own area. She reached out to JAR of Hope and requested information on how to become more actively involved. With her drive, dedication and desire to pay it forward and assist others, Heather hopes to spread awareness of DMD to not only Utah but surrounding states as well.

Howard Klein

Howard Klein

Secretary

A seasoned marketer and president of a prominent healthcare advertising agency, Mr. Klein facilitates JAR of Hope’s integrated campaigns and has been instrumental in helping to create innovative ideas to generate increased funding and awareness.

Dr. David B. Dornfeld, DO

Dr. David B. Dornfeld, DO

Dr. Dornfeld is a New Jersey-based osteopathic physician who believes in focusing on the person who has a disease or condition, rather than treating the disease the person has. He utilizes hyperbaric oxygen therapies, intravenous nutritional support, natural thyroid and hormone replacement therapies and osteopathic manipulative therapies, among many other modalities to holistically help people achieve quality longevity.

Tamer Gouda

Tamer Gouda

Board Member

Tamer is an expert in the field of Resource Development with over 17 years of professional experience with multiple United Ways and his Alma Mater, King’s College. Tamer brings a passion of helping others through inspiring those around him to donate their time and their money to make a difference. Currently, Tamer is the Director Resource Development for United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Laurie Wing

Laurie Wing

Publicist

Laurie is the founder of Media News Blast – www.medianewsblast.com. Laurie has been awarded the Moms Choice Award for outstanding Public Relations support. Laurie makes regular appearances on Fox and Friends national as a Consumer Lifestyle Expert and has also secured media placement on Good Morning America, Fox & Friends, Hallmark, The Doctors Show, Live with Kelly and Ryan, The View, The Today Show  and more.

Joseph Caporusso

Joseph Caporusso

Board Member

As passionate as he is hardworking, Mr. Caporusso has an innate ability to get the job done and is a great asset to JAR of Hope’s cause. His diligence and dedication to ending Duchenne make him a pillar component of the organization.

Andrew Cameron

Andrew Cameron

Board Member
Dr. Michael Hayward, PhD

Dr. Michael Hayward, PhD

Dr. Hayward has 25 years of experience in biomedical research with in vivo systems, and has evaluated phenotypes of over 100 different genetically modified mouse lines and dozens of pre-clinical test therapeutics. He has served as an invited speaker on the prediction of efficacy and toxicity on animal models, and has been interviewed for “Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News” and the “MIT Technology Review.”

Dr. Antonio D’Esposito, DC

Dr. Antonio D’Esposito, DC

Dr. D’Esposito is a Staten Island, NY-based chiropractor responsible for administering the ongoing ultrasound treatment to Jamesy. The treatment has resulted in alleviating many of the muscle spasms Jamesy suffers from and has improved his overall motor function by 60 percent.

Roni Pluskalowski, PT

Roni is a licensed physical therapist with 37 years of clinical experience. She specializes in the evaluation and treatment of infants and children with neurodevelopmental, neuromuscular, orthopedic, and muscular disabilities. She has presented at various professional conferences and is an active clinical instructor.