Staff & Board of Directors

Jill Fearons, Executive Director

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Jill is the founder of the Friends of Jack Foundation. She created the Foundation in 2019. It is named in honor of her son, Jack, who is living with Chiari Malformation, a rare condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal.  

Jill has a Masters Degree in Education. She lives in Mattapoisett with her husband, George. They have six children and two dogs.

Peter Cohenno, Associate Director

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Peter has served as Associate Director of the Foundation since it was formed in 2019. 

Peter is the Senior Media Relations Specialist for the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorder Center. In this role, he manages all media relations efforts for the nation’s top ranked pediatric oncology program. He is also the founder of PRC Communications Group.

Peter previously served as the Public Information Officer for Southcoast Health, and spent parts of his career as a member of the media relations staffs of the Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins, and New England Patriots. Peter also worked for the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation as associate director and is now a board member.

Following graduation from Bowdoin College, where he played varsity football and baseball, Peter was a copy editor and reporter for his hometown newspaper, the Taunton Daily Gazette.

Peter currently lives in Needham with his wife and two children.

Dr. Matthew Costa

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After graduating from Bishop Stang High School and Villanova University, Dr. Costa earned his medical degree from the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his Internal Medicine residency and was Chief Resident at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. He then completed his Cardiology Fellowship and was Chief Fellow at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Dr. Costa is a member of the American College of Cardiology, the American College of Physicians and the American Medical Association. He specializes in valvular heart disease and preventative medicine and is board certified in Cardiovascular Disease. 

James Holbrook

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Helen Killian

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Helen currently lives in Mattapoisett and Boston with her husband, Ray, and is the mother of five adult children and the grandmother of 14.

She previously held Board positions on The Adoption Connection, Adoptive Families Together and The Access to Birth Certificates Committee. With the hard work and patience of many people and organizations over the span of ten years we were able to pass the necessary laws so that adult adoptees are now able to access their original birth certificates if they so desire in the state of Massachusetts.

Helen was also an Honorary Board Member at the MSPCC (Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children).

Corey Lorenco

Christopher Resendes

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After working with the Sheriff's Department, Chris became a Court Services Coordinator with the Massachusetts Trial Court. During that time, Chris supervised coworkers and participants of the Community Service Program. He also was a Defensive Tactics Instructor for the Massachusetts Probation Service.
Chris is currently an Agent with New York Life Insurance Co. who specializes in full financial planning for families and businesses as well as R&D tax credits for all businesses.
As Social Media Manager of the Friends of Jack Foundation, Chris is in charge of bringing to light on social all of the amazing services and programs that the Foundation provides to children with all of the help of our amazing community!
Chris also hosts a show that is featured on the New Bedford Guide. He is responsible for the programming, guest alignment and sales for advertising on the show.

Michael Rock

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Michael grew up in Tewksbury, MA.  A high school intern for Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Dale Dorman, Michael cracked his first radio microphone as a freshman at the legendary Z89 at Syracuse University.

Michael has spent 25 years entertaining the SouthCoast on Fun 107.  During his time here on the SouthCoast, Rock has used his platform and voice to do what he can to help improve the lives of local families and children—with a particular focus on children’s healthcare.    

Michael lives in Mattapoisett with his wife and two children.  He enjoys working out at Crossfit Dartmouth, spending time on the practice fields with his son as a Pop Warner Football coach, and watching his daughter play high school volleyball.  He loves traveling the world with his mother.  

Andrew Silva

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Dr. Jessica Slusarski

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Lisa Sousa

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Lisa is the Director of Marketing & Executive Assistant for Coastal Financial located in Dartmouth, MA. She responsible for all marketing, public relations, office management and is also the executive assistant to the owner. Lisa is also the founder of the My Destiny Foundation, a foundation assisting women emotionally and financially who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer.
Lisa is honored to be on the Board of Friends of Jack due to her own personal health struggles as a child and knowing how this program could have alleviated her stress being hospitalized numerous times with a heart condition. Being on the Board has become her personal mission with assuring the children of SouthCoast have a positive experience while being in an emotional and scary temporary environment.
Lisa lives in Dartmouth, MA with her husband Chris and two miniature dachshund’s, Cody and Sophie.  

Shelly Sullivan

Mary Van Pelt

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Joey Winterhalter

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Joey lives in Dartmouth, MA, with wife and two children.