President and Founder
Chris is the founder of Rocking Out Cancer. He was diagnosed with mediastinal testicular cancer two weeks after getting married to Audra Cartelli. Naturally, Chris felt scared, anxious and unsure about what was ahead in his treatment. Fortunately, he was living right outside of New York City and had the opportunity to be treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. It was at this remarkable hospital that Chris took part in a clinical research trial for treatment of his cancer. Four months later, Chris was finishing up his chemotherapy and eager to help support all areas of clinical research, as it had benefited him greatly. While discussing his interest in giving back to the research community with his sister, Trisha, she suggested he integrate his passion for music (as he is an avid musician) with his desire to support cancer research. Soon after, Rocking Out Cancer was born.
Audra's involvement in cancer, and its subsequent treatments, began when her husband was diagnosed with the disease shortly after they were married. Once exposed to the nature of cancer, and the impact is has on everyday life, she knew that she had to do more than simply cheer on her husband during his fight. As a teacher of students with special needs, it wasn't a far leap towards desiring to help others that are in need of medical attention and support. Audra hopes that the future of cancer research offers treatments that are less strenuous, invasive, and have lower toxicity levels. Being an avid fan of music, and having seen over 50 concerts in the past year alone, the marriage between her interest in cancer treatment and the initiation of Rocking Out Cancer was natural. She believes that the power of music can inspire goodwill.
Trisha Tomoda lives in Westport, CT with her husband and two children. Over the past several years, she lost her beloved grandfather and grandmother to cancer. This fall, when she watched her brother, Chris, battle cancer, she decided to do something about it. Her interstest in not-for-profit corporations started while doing her law school internship aat the New York State Attorney General's Office, Charities Bureau. Today, she is a practicing real estate atorney who wants to use her experience to make a difference in the lives of those affected by this disease.
Matt Totero brings with him more than twelve years of investment banking experience teamed with leadership and organizational integration earned at some of the world’s leading financial services firms. Matt is also co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of The Mountain Bin. Matt lives in Connecticut with his wife Catherine.
Patricia Cartelli lives in New York City with her husband. Several members of her family including her son, Chris, have battled cancer. She has experience in fundraising and development at a museum and Community Foundation in Westchester. She appreciates the opportunity of using this experience to help Rocking Out Cancer with its mission.