January 21, 2014 at 3:57 PM
Cheryl Cohen, a Chesterfield, NJ resident and healthcare industry professional with more than 25 years of experience, has a personal and long-standing connection to organ and tissue donation.
“Eight years ago, my brother had a heart transplant,” said Cohen. “Years later, I was in awe at the passion and level of synergy at NJ Sharing Network, and I knew I had to play a part.”
Cohen is the newest addition to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation Board. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of NJ Sharing Network, the non-profit organization responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for nearly 5,000 New Jerseyans awaiting life-saving transplants.
Cohen’s entire career has been in healthcare – from working as a former CFO of a hospital to director of finance for insurance companies to physician group consulting. She currently works at Wells Fargo EquipmentFinance as Vice President.
As a past president of the New Jersey Chapter and current member of the Chapter Advancement Team of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), Cohen brings her volunteerism and service-based goals to a national level. She travels to other chapters of HFMA around the country to provide strategic planning and facilitation to the leaders of the health care industry.
“I am looking forward to transferring my strengths from my involvement with HFMA to the Foundation board,” said Cohen. “I want to be a part of the Foundation’s education outreach and I want to encourage others to get more involved with NJ Sharing Network.”
Cohen is eager to get started. She hopes to bring a uniqueand welcomed representation for Central and South Jersey.
“I believe wholeheartedly in giving my time as a volunteer because I know that it does come back in so many different ways,” said Cohen.
Elisse Glennon, executive director of the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, noted Cohen’s commitment and expertise in the health care field.
“Cheryl’s desire and passion to help those who are desperately waiting for a life-saving transplant is driven by her family’s personal experience with organ donation and transplantation,” Glennon said. “She has seen first-hand how one person’s act of kindness can be a gift of life for another. That passion, coupled with her knowledge in health care, brings a tremendous resource to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation Board.”
In her spare time, Cohen enjoys cycling, golfing and skiing. Her husband, Frank, and their two rescue dogs reside in Chesterfield, NJ.
To learn more about organ and tissue donation or to get involved with NJ Sharing Network call 1-800-742-7365 or visit www.NJSharingNetwork.org to register as an organ and tissue donor.
NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organization responsible for the recovery and placement of donated organs and tissue for New Jersey residents in need of life-saving transplants. NJ Sharing Network partners with Donate Life America, a not-for-profit national alliance that drives communities to increase their numbers of registered donors. NJ Sharing Network honors those who gave, pays tribute to those who received, offers hope to those who continue to wait, and remembers the lives lost while waiting...for the gift of life.
About NJ Sharing Network Foundation
NJ Sharing Network Foundation is committed to supporting the work of NJ Sharing Network and to increasing the number of lives saved through education, research, donor family support and public awareness about the life-saving benefits of organ and tissue donation and transplantation.