Board of Directors & Key Advisors

Barbara Zobian

Barbara Zobian

Executive Director and Founder

Aaron Horn

Aaron Horn

Chairman of the Board of Directors 

Rachel Wilson Rachel Wilson

Vice President

Lori Williamson


Amy Gallet

Amy Gallet

Volunteer Coordinator

Samantha Schaflin

Secretary & Director of Development

Jessica Hester

Board Member

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

Medical Advisory Board 
Trustee, Chief, Pediatric Surgeon, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Nai-Kong V. Cheung, MD, PhD

Medical Advisory Board 
Head, Neuroblastoma Program; Enid A. Haupt Chair, Pediatric Oncology, 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