Board of Directors

Lynn Loftus Elliott

Lynn Loftus Elliott has worked in the private client group of a large brokerage firm for 14 years in partnership with her mother, Beth Loftus. Together, they manage money for individuals and private companies. Previously, Lynn was the Director of Development for East Harlem Block Schools and Nontraditional Employment for Women, both located in New York City. Lynn is a graduate of Kent Place School in Summit, New Jersey and Wellesley College. She studied oil painting under Frank Mason at the Art Students League in New York City and Stowe,Vermont for five years, culminating in two personal art shows. With Crissy, Lynn shared a lifelong love of tennis and paddle. Together they forged a friendship on and off the courts, ending every challenge with a discussion of life, love, and children. Lynn lives in Rumson, New Jersey with her three daughters, Addie, Emily, and Penelope.

Thomas G. Labrecque, Jr.

Thomas G. Labrecque, Jr. is the Founder, President, and CEO of NextSteps Research, a consulting group that provides IP due diligence services to a range of clients, including venture capital firms, private equity, angel networks, and hedge funds. Prior to NextSteps, Thomas was a Managing Director at Perseus, LLC, a middle-market private equity firm with over $1.2 billion in funds under management.

Thomas is also the Founder and President of the Thomas G. Labrecque Foundation, a public, non-profit organization focused on raising awareness and funds for lung cancer research. He received a B.S. in Avionics Engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an M.B.A. from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.

Eileen O’Hern Luby, Vice President & Secretary

Eileen O’Hern Luby joined the Board of Directors upon the foundation’s creation in July 2010. A graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, Eileen enjoyed a professional career as a lawyer, practicing in New York City. She is a Trustee of 180 Turning Lives Around, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in Monmouth County and a Trustee of the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey, where she chairs the Ethics Committee. She is active in fundraising for Horizons, the summer enrichment program for at-risk students from a diverse, low-income population. She is a longtime member of Holy Cross Church, where she taught religious education and is now a member of the choir. Eileen was born and raised in Red Bank, New Jersey and currently resides in Rumson, New Jersey with her husband and four children. Crissy was one of her dearest friends.

Shawn P. Miele, President

Shawn P. Miele is the Founder and CEO of Advice Media, LLC, an internet publisher and developer of informational websites for healthcare consumers and professionals. Prior to founding Advice Media, Shawn worked in finance, performing investment banking services for a wide range of companies. He’s lived and worked in London, Hong Kong, and New York City.

Shawn met Cristine Meredith Miele during college and married her shortly after they both graduated. His interest in defeating breast cancer stems from his love for Crissy, her sisters, and his wonderful three children, including two daughters who are considered to be at high risk for breast cancer. As President of the Cristine Meredith Miele Foundation, Shawn ensures sure that all funds raised are used wisely and judiciously with no waste in administrative overhead.

He received his B.A. from Middlebury College and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

Susan Mindham, Treasurer

Susan Mindham joined the Board of Directors in July 2010. She is a graduate of Ithaca College. After graduation, she began a 25-year career on Wall Street at Morgan Stanley as an Institutional Bond Trader. She later worked at various firms and hedge funds as a Distressed Securities Trader. After retiring in 2006, Susan and her family moved to Cape Town, South Africa for her family to be exposed to a third world culture. While in Africa, she became involved in numerous community service projects, including Sydney Cottage, an AIDS orphanage, and DARG, an animal shelter. Susan moved back to New Jersey in 2007.

She has resided in the Rumson community for 16 years after spending 17 years in Manhattan. Susan and  her husband Jeffrey, an advertising consultant, have two children. In her spare time, she enjoys Bikrham yoga, running, tennis, paddle and, thanks to her dear friend Crissy, needlepointing.

Maria Manley

Maria Manley joined the Board of Directors on March 31, 2014. She is a graduate of The Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, Connecticut, and a 1991 graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, where she met and played collegiate tennis against Crissy. This was the beginning of a deep friendship.

Maria was a member of the Junior League of Monmouth County where she participated in and chaired many fundraisers. She was the President of the New Jersey Women’s Platform Tennis League from 1994 to 1996. She chaired PTO fundraisers at Deane Porter and Forrestdale Schools in Rumson and was a member of the Rumson Education Foundation until 2010. Maria chaired The Second Shore Cure paddle tournament to benefit the Cristine Meredith Miele Foundation and chairs the annual Crissy Cup Platform Tennis Tournament. She is currently a Board member at the Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club. She is the Rumson-Fair Haven High School Varsity Girls Tennis coach. She is also the head platform tennis professional at Deal Golf and Country Club in Deal, New Jersey. She is a nationally-ranked Platform Tennis Professional. Maria lives in Rumson, New Jersey with her husband, Trip, and her two children, Stephanie and Henry.