PLAINFIELD, NJ - Summit's Theresa Cowing is among five individuals joining the Moms Helping Moms Foundation (MHMF) Board of Directors. Founded in 2011, Moms Helping Moms provides low income children with essentials like diapers, wipes, clothes, shoes, strollers and more. The Foundation annually distributes more than 300,000 items to local families throughout New Jersey.

Cowing is an entrepreneur and a product management consultant. She began her career on Wall Street, working in asset management for JPMorgan. After having her first child, she made a career shift and now helps companies build consumer-facing digital experiences.  A New Jersey native, Cowing is active in community initiatives focused on education and the environment. She is a member of the Summit Area YMCA Learning Circle Advisory Council, as well as Summit Green Schools team. 

In addition to Cowing, other new Board members include:

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Julienne Cherry

Cherry serves as the Director of Agency Relations at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, overseeing 1,000 feeding programs across eight counties in the Garden State. She has more than 20 years of experience developing innovative programs that serve the special needs populations and is active throughout Union County providing service to residents in need to help close the gaps of the underserved. Cherry is also a Board Member of Neighborhood House, an Advisory Board member of Volunteers for America as well as Chairman of the Board for Plainfield Action Services. 

Brian Denyeau

Denyeau comes to Moms Helping Moms with more than 15 years of equity research, transaction advisory and strategic financial communications experience. He is a Managing Director at ICR, a leading strategic communications firm, in its technology investor relations group, where he specializes in working with public and private software companies. Denyeau is also a member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of The York Street Project, a Catholic charity in Jersey City providing housing and educational services to underserved women, children and their families.

Amanda Marano

Marano brings more than 15 years of expertise in media and advertising sales most recently joining the New York team as an Account Director for Business Insider. She previously worked with major advertising brands to develop partnerships with some of the world's leading businesses and news brands from The Washington Post, Bloomberg, The New Yorker and The Economist.

Jerusha Oleksiuk

Oleksiuk contributes more than 15 years of nonprofit experience to Moms Helping Moms Foundation with specific expertise addressing health equity in underserved communities. She has worked for nonprofits such as the San Francisco Food Bank and the Institute for Family Health in program development and fundraising and recently served two years as MHMF’s inaugural Development Director before transitioning onto the Board; she is also one of the founding members of MHMF.  

“We are thrilled to welcome such diverse talent and experience to our Board," said Lorraine Dias-Sotiriou, Chair of the Board of Directors. “As we look to the future, our new members will provide their unique perspective as we navigate the growing needs of the community we serve. Moms Helping Moms Foundation will greatly benefit from their insight, judgment and counsel.” 

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