Board of Directors
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.
Beth Garwacki - President
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 was 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 retirement with her family, especially her four amazing grandchildren who bring such joy to her life.
John Garwacki - Vice President
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 served 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.
Sarah Mahan - Secretary
Sarah Mahan- Sarah grew up in East Longmeadow. 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 four loving children. She is now a full-time wife and mother. As Corys older sister and only sibling, she feels honored to be able to share this foundation and Corys positive spirit with the world.
John Mahan - Treasurer
John Mahan- John went to Patherfinder Vocational Technical High School for carpentry. After graduation, he started working for his father’s 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 and LZ Pony. He spends much of the year traveling for business and in his free time enjoys relaxing with his wife Sarah, daughter Molly, and three sons Conor, Nolan, and Emmet. Cory was 12 when he first met John and they shared a bond that reached far past biological brothers.
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.
Currently the CFO of Mahan Slate Roofing Co., Inc. in Agawam MA. Rick has been with Mahan Slate Roofing in different roles since 1998. He started in the field part-time and transitioned into a full-time executive position. He also worked as a full-time Firefighter from 1997 to 2017 in Chicopee MA as a firefighter and EMT. Rick proudly retired after 20 years of dedicated service to the City of Chicopee. Rick is on the board of another small non-profit organization, the Ball Park Elimination Tour, which has raised over $100,000 for local charities. This organization started as a small group of firefighters and friends who travel each year to different baseball parks. Over the years, the group began raising money through different signature events for individuals and charities, including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Cory J Garwacki Foundation. Rick met Cory through John Mahan when Cory was in his early teens. He was lucky to have a lot of great times with Cory and has many cherished memories, that to this day encourage him to continue to Live to Give. Rick lives in Westfield MA with his fiancé Courtney, and three sons.