Meet The Board of Directors
Our board of directors is a critical part of FABYS success. Below we’ve listed the people behind our company, our mission and our vision.
Celebrity Stylist, Martino Cartier, is a successful salon owner with a staff of over 50. His award winning salon reached the height of popularity after being featured on Bravo TV, where they gathered millions of fans. Since this exposure, Martino and his salon have been featured in Modern Salon Magazine, Vogue, Launchpad, Behind the Chair, Salon Today, and The Golden Globes. Before creating his own brand, Martino By Martino Cartier, he was the International Artistic Director for Keratin Complex for 6 years and the Global Artistic Director for Hotheads for 2 years.
Martino believes that a combination of charity and education makes this all happen. It originally started just trying to help out a family with a terminally ill child looking to raise $5,000. In just one day, they surpassed their goal raising over $20,000 for that family in need. Then came Kiki.
Kiki was first introduced to us by New Jersey Freeholder, Vincent Nestore. You see, Kiki at age eleven had been turned away by a number of non-profits for a wig. When we got that call, we immediately brought Kiki into the salon and made a video designed to introduce her to the world while creating awareness to childhood cancer as well as granting her wish. Martino spent the last seven months of Kiki’s life walking by her side. He brought her to Times Square, took her to the American Girl Doll Factory, and just seven days before she passed away, Friends Are By Your Side granted her wish of meeting Justin Bieber.
Her energy, her smile, and her love radiated through the hearts of thousands of people all over the world in just a few short months. Kiki will never be forgotten. That is a promise Martino made to her and what would be the beginning of Friends Are By Your Side.
Paula Abdul is a ground-breaking choreographer, dancer, songwriter, performer, designer, actor and business woman. She is a two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, American Music Award winner, and multi-platinum recording artist who has been entertaining her fans for over 25 years.
Paula became a worldwide singing sensation with her first album Forever Your Girl, followed by an astonishing six number 1 singles. And, only until a few months ago, after being bumped to number 3 by Adele, Paula’s “Forever Your Girl” reigned as the second longest charting album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Her work as choreographer includes her Emmy winning contributions to The Tracey Ullman Show, produced by the Oscar and Emmy Award winner James L. Brooks. Shortly thereafter, Paula was double nominated for her ground-breaking choreography for the 62nd Annual Academy Awards and her own performance on the American Music Awards, for which she won an Emmy. She won seven MTV Awards for her work with Janet Jackson and has also choreographed for Duran Duran, ZZ top, The Jackson Family, George Michael, Luther Vandross, INXS, Heart and Prince.
Tracey Gaffney became involved with Wigs and Wishes and Friends Are By Your Side (FABYS) as a volunteer assisting with the technical aspects of the very first Wigs and Wishes Gala. She has spent her career in Business Information Technology and Communications, however has always remained diligent in participating and dedicating herself to her community and charitable causes. Many years ago, after a tragic personal event of a co-worker, Tracey helped to organize and plan a yearly Childs Safety Fair that was held for 5 straight years at Campbell’s field in Camden. While working in technology, she helped to create a revenue sharing program to allow businesses to donate percentages of their telecommunications spend to local charities. Due to this success and her donated time to assist the United Way’s local merger on their technology committee, she became a United Way of Camden County board of director’s member.
As a volunteer helping to plan the Wigs and Wishes Gala these past 5 years, she has been incredibly moved by the amount of families that have been impacted by cancer and have found some happiness as a result of Friends Are By Your Side. As a member of the executive team of FABYS, she is committed to expanding the reach of our organization to positively impact more lives.
Tina has been well seasoned with Friends Are By Your Side since the inception of Wigs and Wishes in 2013. First year attending as a Guest, she was organically captivated by the Charities platform to make a difference globally. Eventually transitioning into a Volunteer for our Annual Gala, in 2017 she gracefully accepted our official invite to the Board.
Her history of selfless acts of kindness consist of making herself available in times of dire straits, such as the hundreds of hours spent following the tragic events of 9/11 searching for the missing throughout New York City. When Katrina struck havoc in Louisiana, she found herself at the door steps of the Phila. Red Cross on Chestnut Street demanding a crisis hotline be immediately born. Her authentic quest to help others in times of struggle, speak volume as to her character.
Tina has an extremely broad background ranging from Real Estate & Entertainment Law, 12+ years as a Pa. Realtor and Product Branding/Endorsement . She has collectively 26 years in multi platform partnerships within the Tv/Film and Music Industry. She is widely recognized as the soul Producer for Major Featured Film Premieres such as 'Creed' and 'Back In The Day'. Having proudly worked along side some of the top names in the Music Industry such as Brett Michaels, Wyclef Jean, Lil Jon and many others, she is a proven powerhouse in Talent Management.
We look forward to having Tina on our Dream Team as her resume of Integrating Marketing, Public Relations, Business Experience and Executive Leadership will be a valuable addition to our FABY'S Family.
Lisa is a long term personal friend and previous business partner in the Martino Cartier, Cherry Hill Salon and has been a Friends Are By Your Side Volunteer and Board Member from very early on. Lisa has a B.S.B from Rowan University and many years of experience in Management, Human Resource Mgt., Credit/Collections, Marketing & Business Development. That, along with her strong dedication to helping others and community outreach, has been a huge asset to ensuring that each event has been as successful as it has been.
The newest board member, John Levitan has been an instrumental part of making the “wishes” part of Wigs and Wishes come true. John is currently a managing member of the Medical Specialties Group in Pensacola, FL, and has an extensive background in Business Development as well as alternative energies. John is always there when Friends Are By Your Side needs him and his selfless giving has made it possible to bring unimaginable joy to the children who are able to have their wishes granted and as well as making it possible for Friends Are By Your Side to do what it does daily and assist women in need of a wig during their hardest time.