Board of Directors & Key Advisors

Barbara Zobian

Executive Director and Founder




Aaron Horn

Aaron Horn

Chairman of the Board of Directors 




Lori Williamson






Ellie HansonEllie Hanson





Amy Gallet

Amy Gallet

Volunteer Coordinator




Samantha Schaflin

Director of Development



Jessica Hester

Board of Directors 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