Meet Our Board Of Directors

Bob Currie serves on the Board of Directors of Autism Cares Foundation and is the President of Integrated Purchasing Solutions, Inc. that he formed in 1996.  The company focuses on helping companies develop and implement cost reduction, process improvement strategies and e-commerce readiness.  His resume includes several Fortune 500 companies that have engaged his services.  Prior to forming IPS Bob has spent over twenty-five years of his business career directing the procurement activities for JCPenney and Melville Corporation.  Selected divisions included under the Melville umbrella were (Marshall’s, CVS, Linens & Things, Bob’s Stores and Kay Bee Toy).  Bob’s insights, vision, negotiating skills and expertise in analyzing and evaluating processes for a variety of companies which has been the key component to eliminating non-value activities and developing cost reduction strategies to improve the company’s bottom line.  His ability to work within the framework and culture of companies is the critical link to transition several procurement organizations from a tactical buying group to a strategic procurement organization.  He was formerly on the Board of Directors of ISM –NY Chapter and has been instrumental in effecting change to heighten the awareness of ISM NY to senior business executives in both the public and private sectors.  Bob holds a BS degree from St. Francis College, NY.

Marlene de la Cruz is global president of Adelphi Research, an Omnicom Group pharmaceutical marketing research firm based in Doylestown, PA and Manchester, UK. Marlene has over 25 years of marketing management and sales experience in the pharmaceutical and financial services industries. Marlene obtained her B.A. in Spanish and International Studies and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from LaSalle University. Marlene was a member of the Bucks County Autism Support Coalition Board for three years and co-chaired the BCASC’s annual conference.  She lives in Holland, PA with her two wonderful children, Amanda and Alex, and husband of 28 years, Lee.  Her motivation for her autism advocacy work is her 17 year old son, Alex, and ensuring that he has the opportunities we all deserve. Marlene also serves on the Delaware Valley University Board of Trustees.

Linda Kuepper is co-founder and CEO of the Board of Directors of Autism Cares Foundation.  In this role, she facilitates bringing issues to the Board of Directors for resolution on a wide range of issues.  She is one of the people tasked with charting the future growth and vision for Autism Cares Foundation, a role that she is well suited for.  Linda is also the mother of a child with autism giving her unique insights into the needs of people with autism and the issues and challenges they face such as education, life skills development, job skills needs, respite needs and permanent residency especially after today’s care providers are no longer able to do so.  Prior to Autism Cares Foundation, Linda served as an administrative assistant to various CEO’s of a fortune 500 company.

Frank Kuepper is co-founder and President of the Board of Directors of Autism Cares Foundation.  In this capacity Frank is charged with many aspects of daily operations and the strategic planning initiatives of the foundation.  Frank began the Foundation as a means of providing life enriching activities and opportunities for those on the autism spectrum.  Being the father of a child with autism, he understands the wants and needs that parents have for their loved one with autism and is dedicated to providing additional opportunities and choices to those on the spectrum.  Frank is the Director Indirect Procurement for Brightview.  Prior to joining Brightview, Frank held various positions at David’s Bridal and Kay-Bee Toys including Director of Procurement, Purchasing Director, Director of Store Operations, and Director of Human Resource Development.

Mary J. Pagel serves on the Board of Directors of Autism Cares Foundation providing valuable insight into recreational and developmental activities for people on the autism spectrum.  Mary graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Chestnut Hill College.  Upon graduation Mary taught grades three to twelve in the Maryland and Philadelphia area for 27 years.  While teaching, Mary continued her education at LaSalle University earning a Master’s degree in Technology and a Masters degree in Family Therapy.  Most recently, Mary works as a Behavioral Consultant Specialist with Autistic Children and their families for the state of Pennsylvania.

Christine Paul serves on the Board of Directors and is the Vice President & Treasurer for Autism Cares Foundation.   Christine is the former President and Chief Executive Office of Petroleum Recycling Corporation providing alternative fuel to industrial users.  The operating plant is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA., and is certified as a Disadvantaged Woman Owned Business Enterprise (DWBE) in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.  Christine has been in the Oil Recycling industry for over 30 years and works with federal and multi-state environmental agencies on permitting for the collection, transporting, processing and distribution of On-Spec Used Oil Fuel.  She is the former owner/operator and was responsible for acquiring environmental and liability insurances, equipment financing and overseeing all aspects of daily operations of the business.  Christine’s operations have provided environmental services under a contract with the US Coast Guard for twelve consecutive years and has worked with major corporations such as Sunoco Logistics on the environmental impact of plant closures.

Steve Rusinko serves on the Board of Directors of Autism Cares Foundation and is the Chief Financial Officer of Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia.  He joined the hospital in 2007 and oversees several departments including finance, patient financial advocacy, first connections, health information management, cancer registry, physician coding, materials management, construction and plant operations.  Steve’s major accomplishments at CTCA include developing the Patient Financial Advocacy program which assists patients in overcoming financial and insurance barriers to treatment options.  With over 30 years in healthcare financial management, Steve held financial positions at other healthcare institutions, most recently as a Regional Financial Manager at Universal Health Services, Inc. and Chief Financial Officer at local hospitals.  He is a member of several professional organizations and also serves on the board of directors for Community Education Centers.  Steve received his BS degree in finance from Spring Garden College in Philadelphia and his MBA in Healthcare Management from Eastern University in St. David’s, Pennsylvania.

Fred Sciascia serves on the Board of Directors of Autism Cares Foundation and is a Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management.  Fred’s expertise is in designing, implementing, and monitoring financial reports, and in developing specific retirement plans for corporations and small businesses. Having earned the CRPC® (Chartered Retirement Planning Counselorsm) designation has enabled Fred to enhance his ability to help plan for the pre- and post-retirement needs of his clients.  He has also earned the Certified Special Needs Advisor (CSNA) designation at Merrill Lynch which deepens his commitment to helping families find strategies that are designed to preserve their children’s lifelong financial security, including children with special needs.  Fred serves on the Advisory Board of Autism Cares Foundation.  Fred is a graduate of Villanova University School of Business. He holds his Series 7 and 66 registrations and also holds his life insurance, health insurance, and variable annuities licenses.