Cory had a vision of building a non-profit foundation that would allow him to give back to the community that had given so much to him over the years. We are honored to establish this foundation in his name and to carry on his “Live to Give” spirit. As we began the journey of developing the foundation we felt that this was a special gift that we could give to Cory, to continue the work that was so very important to him. But in doing so we have realized that this was in fact another one of Cory’s gifts to us. He has given us a positive focus for our energy. A way to constantly remind us that there is goodness all around us and to let us know that he is here with us always. We love you Cory.
Foundation President— Elizabeth Garwacki
Beth lived and attended school in East Longmeadow as a child, returning to town in 1987 to raise her family. Being a mother to Sarah & Cory has been her proudest accomplishment. While her children were younger Beth worked in the East Longmeadow School System. After leaving her position there to care for Cory, Beth became a student at Holyoke Community College where she graduated from the Health Information Management Program as a Certified Inpatient Medical Coder and is currently employed by Baystate Health Systems. Beth has served on committees in both the school system and Baystate Medical Center, and is involved with charity work in her community. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her 2 amazing grandchildren who bring such joy to her life.
Foundation Vice President— John Garwacki
John grew up in East Longmeadow and graduated from East Longmeadow High School. After getting married he & Beth remained in East Longmeadow and raised their family. John has worked for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in CT for over 30 years. John serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals in East Longmeadow, has been involved in local civic organizations, and has participated in community service for many years. John is an avid Boston Red Sox fan and passed down this passion to Sarah and Cory at a very early age.
Foundation Secretary— Sarah Mahan
Sarah Mahan- Sarah has lived in East Longmeadow her entire life. She graduated from Mount Ida college in Newton, MA with a degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. She has worked in customer service management and grown up volunteering and fundraising alongside her family. Sarah married her high school sweetheart and they are blessed with two loving children. She is now a full time wife and mother. As Cory's older sister and only sibling she feels honored to be able to share this foundation and Cory's positive spirit with the world.
Foundation Treasurer— John Mahan
John went to Pathfinder Regional Technical Vocational High School for carpentry. After graduation he started working for his fathers business. John has trained with the Copper Development Association and published articles in “Fine Homebuilding Magazine” regarding slate and copper roofing. He is now the Vice President and Co-Owner of Mahan Slate Roofing in Springfield MA. He is also on the board of directors for the Slate Roof Contractors Association. He spends much of the year traveling for business and in his free time enjoys relaxing with his wife Sarah, daughter Molly, and son Conor. Cory was 12 when he first met John and they shared a bond that reached far past biological brothers.
Board of Directors
Our board of directors were each chosen for a very specific reason. Each member has a unique personal connection with Cory and played a very important role in his life. They understand what Cory had to face in his lifetime, what he has overcome, what he has accomplished, and what he had hoped for the future. They each knew and understood Cory’s spirit and enthusiasm, and they believe in Cory’s vision of “Live to Give." We are so honored that they are joining us as the founding Board of Directors for the Cory J Garwacki Foundation.
Rob “Anthony” Kopec is a Senior VP of Programming for iHeart Media stations across New England. With stations in Providence, Springfield, Worcester, Portsmouth and Manchester, Rob spends a lot of time on the road. When he isn’t traveling, he enjoys spending time with his wife Melissa and their two daughters Kaitlynn and Kallie.
Jacque Bell recently retired from a thirty-five year career as a child life manager and child life specialist, supporting children, young adults and their families in three pediatric hospitals. The first fourteen years were spent at the University of Nebraska Medical Center where she grew a stellar team of child life specialists who cared for families coping with cancer, bone marrow and liver transplants. The last twenty years were dedicated to direct patient care on the Adolescent Young Adult Unit and PICU at Baystate Children's Hospital. The child life team there was also grown, now covering virtually every area where children receive pediatric care and support. She helped create the BCH Patient and Family Advisory Council, co-facilitated it, and fostered numerous patient- and family-centered care policies and initiatives.
Jacque authored a variety of pediatric articles, teaching materials, and a bereavement brochure which has provided guidance nationally to families, medical professionals, and counselors. She was a child life instructor for three years at Wheelock College in Boston and presented on a broad spectrum of psychosocial issues facing families in crisis at national conferences.
Her greatest love is of family. She enjoys time with her amazing son, his wife and two children
She counts herself blessed to have known and loved the remarkable Cory Garwacki and to learn from his example of what strength, positivity, and resilience can accomplish. His family is counted among the best of the best she has ever known - professionally and personally
Rich Tettemer currently anchors the weekday morning and noon editions of 22News. Rich joined WWLP in April of 1988 as sports director. Previously, he worked as the weekend sports anchor/reporter for KODE-TV in Joplin, Missouri, and as a sports editor for WFLA-TV in Florida.
Rich is a graduate of the University of South Florida in Tampa where he earned a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and Broadcasting.
During his career at 22News, he was voted by the readers of the Springfield Advocate and the Valley Advocate as Best Sportscaster. Rich has also garnered 13 Associated Press Awards from 1994 through 2006. Additionally, he has served as co-host of the Children's Miracle Network Telethon since 1989.
Rich resides in western Massachusetts with Valerie, his wife, and his three children.
Dr. Mark Belemjian
Mark grew up in Albany, New York and went to Williams College and Albany Medical College. Following medical school he did his residency in pediatrics at Baystate Medical Center where he met Cory. He is partner at Pediatric Services of Springfield in both East Longmeadow and Wilbraham MA. Mark lives in Wilbraham with his wife Rhoda and two children.