Board of Trustees

Diane Calesnick, CRNA

President, Co-Director, Medical Teams Abroad Program

Nurse Anesthetist at Society Hill Anesthesia

Richard Colavita, MD, MBA

Vice President

Board Certified Anesthesiologist and Pediatrician, President, Anesthesia Consultants of New Jersey, LLC, Somerset, NJ

Joanne Wilkinson, RN, BSN, CNOR

Secretary, Co-Director, Medical Teams Abroad Program

Operating Room Registered Nurse, Raritan Valley Surgery Center and University Center for Ambulatory Surgery

Gregory D. Sawicki, CFP®, CPA, PFS


Managing Director, Wealth Management Consultants – A Division of Peapack-Gladstone Bank

Jeffrey Bienstock, MD, FAAP

Medical Director

Board-certified general pediatrician, Chairman of Pediatrics, Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ

Tijana Hitchon, MA


Owner and Principal, New Dimension Studio LLC, Interior Design Firm, Summit, NJ

Don Connell, CRNA, MS, APN


Vice President, Professional Anesthesia Services of North America, Fogelsville, PA

J Mark Engel, MD


Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Bristol Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at RWJUH and at St Peter’s University Hospital. He is also the President of University Children’s Eye Center.

Rosemarie Gelber, MHCA


Director, Adult ESL Program at Bishop Francis Center for Immigration, Newark, NJ

Carol Grelecki, Esq.


Brach Eichler, L.L.C., Roseland, NJ

Justin Oplinger, MBA


Sales Trader, Morgan Stanley, New York, NY

Rev. Dennis R. Weezorak

Trustee Emeritus

Pastor, St. Mary’s Church, South Amboy, NJ

Francis B. Light, MD

Trustee Emeritus

Board-certified Anesthesiologist, Robert Wood Johnson at Rahway Hospital, Rahway, NJ

Evelyn Dudziec


Founder and Executive Director at Katie’s House Inc

Administrative Staff

Karen Mackie

Executive Director

Karen Mackie joined HTCNJ in 2017 as the Executive Director after volunteering with the organization for six months. She is responsible for overseeing HTCNJ’s three programs (Medical Teams Abroad, International Inbound, Domestic Aid), spearheading the marketing and fundraising efforts of the organization, and serving as the liaison between the Board of Trustees and the office.

Denise Malsky

International Inbound Program Coordinator

Denise Malsky joined HTCNJ in 1990. She is the Coordinator of the International Inbound Program, where she arranges life-changing surgeries for international children who are unable to be treated in their native country. Denise is also HTCNJ’s Development Coordinator.

Laura Gilmartin

Medical Teams Abroad Program Coordinator

Laura Gilmartin joined HTCNJ in 2002. She is the Coordinator of the Medical Teams Abroad Program, where she assists the Co-Directors in assembling volunteer medical teams, liaises with international hosts and hospitals, and helps to obtain donated medications and surgical supplies. Laura is also the Coordinator of the Domestic Aid Program, where she interacts with social workers, medical providers and families of local New Jersey children in need.