Board of Directors

Barbara ZobianBarbara Zobian

Executive Director and Founder
Founder of Candlelighters, NYC




Aaron Horn

Aaron Horn

Chairman of the Board
Director of IT, Iowa Interstate Railroad, Ltd.




Ellie HansonEllie Hanson

B.A. International Studies, Concordia University Irvine




Amy Gallet

Amy Gallet

Volunteer Coordinator
University of Delaware, Division Head, Wiesner Products Inc.




Allen R. AshkenazieAllen R. Ashkenazie

Board Member
Vice President, Almar Sales Co.




Jessica HesterJessica Hester

Board Member
Brooke’s Mom, President and Founder of Brooke’s Blossoming Hope for Childhood Cancer, Inc (Non-Profit)




Dr. Michael LaQuagliaMichael P. La Quaglia, MD, FACS, FRCS

Board Member
Trustee, Chief, Pediatric Surgeon at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Before I arrived in NYC, I had never heard of Candlelighters but had been communicating with Barbara via Facebook when she learned that we might be getting treating here. I had no expectations, but have been so blown away. I have never met anyone like Barbara Zobian more giving of their time, love, friendship, family, and connections! Candlelighters NYC are my family in New York. From the minute we got here we have been blessed with home cooked food, strollers, wine when we need, friendship connections with other amazing cancer families going through similar battles, babysitting, new toys, amazing trips to shows and venues, and unconditional love from a family that knows the city and has the biggest hearts!! My cancer fighting experience here would not be the same without them. I am forever grateful!!

Ava – As told by Mom, Nickelle Crowley