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Business Advisory Council


We are grateful and humbled to these founding members of our Business Advisory Council and welcome this exciting time for them to contribute to our national growth and international expansion.


Please meet the Firefighter Cancer Support Network’s Business Advisory Council (BAC). Our BAC consists of thoughtful national community leaders who will advise the FCSN Board of Directors and staff and serves as a critical-community champion of our mission – to assist firefighters and EMS providers and their immediate families diagnosed with cancer by providing badge-to-badge support, training, education and guidance.

Members of the Business Advisory Council share their gifts and talents in service to our nonprofit by providing our organization with their professional expertise; their diverse knowledge of constituent perspectives; their connections to local, national or international resources, colleagues and/or peers; and their philanthropic support or other forms of needed assistance.


Dr David Abri



Dr. David Abri is a highly regarded dentist based in Los Angeles, where he has been a resident since 1989. He pursued his dental education at USC School of Dentistry and graduated successfully in 2002. Currently, he operates his thriving dental practice from offices located in both Beverly Hills and Burbank, California. With nearly two decades of experience, Dr. Abri has garnered a reputation as one of the foremost cosmetic, general, and implant dentists in Southern California. His expertise also extends to treating complex cases involving TMJ, oral facial pain, traumatic oral and dental injuries, and full mouth oral rehabilitation.

Dr. Abri’s dedication to making a difference goes beyond dentistry. He actively engages in various charitable endeavors and organizations, reflecting his profound passion for helping others. Driven by a strong sense of commitment, he particularly focuses on supporting individuals and communities in need, channeling his efforts to bring positive change and uplift those facing challenges.

Catalina Ciobanu



Catalina has been in the fire service industry for almost 20 years. She joined PBI in 2015 to oversee the Company’s global marketing, branding and communications strategy and manage conferences, tradeshows, seminars, and special VIP events. She also leads business development activities and sales initiatives for Canada.

Jerome Hauer, Ph.D, M.H.S.



Dr. Hauer has served as a director since January 2015. He previously served on the company’s Board of Directors from May 2004 to October 2011. Currently, Dr. Hauer is a senior advisor at Teneo Risk, a worldwide CEO Advisory Firm, and a visiting professor at Cranfield University/Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Before joining Teneo Risk, Dr. Hauer served from January 2012 until December 2014 as the Commissioner of New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and Director of the Office of Counterterrorism. He is on the Board of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Special Operations Medicine. Formerly, Dr. Hauer served as Chief Executive Officer of The Hauer Group from 2006 to 2011 and 2014 to present. Dr. Hauer served as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness at HHS from June 2002 to November 2003 and as Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness of HHS from May 2002 to June 2002. Dr. Hauer served as the first director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management under Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. He also served as the Director of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Management as well as Director of the Department of Fire and Buildings for the State of Indiana. While a graduate student at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Hauer developed the first technique for giving patients their own blood back lost from the mediastinum and chest following cardiac surgery. The technique was adopted by cardiac and trauma surgeons worldwide. He continued his work at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston focusing on reducing blood use in cardiac and trauma surgery, and understanding coagulopathies in these patients. Dr. Hauer holds a Ph.D. from Cranfield University/Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. He received an M.H.S. in public health from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and a B.A. from New York University. Dr. Hauer was a captain in the United States Army Reserves Medical Services Corps.

Sherwin (Shevy) M. Shafie, J.D.


Shevy is a graduate of the University of Maryland, University of Baltimore School of Law, and Institute of Police Science in Washington D.C. Growing up the son of a businessman, Shevy’s entrepreneurial spirit has always driven him to pursue new and exciting business ventures. This led him to becoming the Chief Marketing Officer & Partner at Marstudio, a Corporate Branding & Strategic Marketing firm in the DC Metro Area. As the past CEO of various local DC businesses & the current Chief Marketing Officer of Marstudio, he truly enjoys finding solutions that help businesses get off the ground, continue their growth, and maintain their competitive edge. Dedicated to his community, Shevy has experience as a Fire Fighter, Police Officer, and an EMT. In recent years, he has contributed his time to multiple Board of Directors as well as engages in multiple other philanthropic activities.

Mark Treglio


Mark Treglio is the President of NEP Services, where he manages the day to day operations of this rapidly growing tech and communications company that serves over 600 police and fire organizations nationwide.

Prior to joining NEP, Mark oversaw communications at the International Association of Fire Fighters. He was responsible for many of the union’s innovations and advancements in communications, including the Strategic Campaigns program and the IAFF Communications Training Academy.

Mark retired from the Jacksonville (FL) Fire & Rescue Department. He was the Communications Director for his home local, IAFF Local 122. During the great recession, he developed a communications strategy that successfully fended off an all-out assault on the Jacksonville Police and Fire Pension Fund by national think tanks, the Arnold Foundation, Americans For Prosperity, the Tea Party, the Pew Foundation, and more.

Mark hails from a law enforcement family, with his father being a retired NYPD Detective. He has a degree in criminal justice and is working towards a degree in Emergency and Disaster management. He is a die-hard New York Yankees fan and a longtime suffering Jacksonville Jaguars fan. After stints in Jacksonville Florida, and Washington D.C., Mark and his wife Debi now reside in sunny Henderson, Nevada.

Robin Welch



Robin Welch is a financial advisor for Thrivent Financial, where she manages a practice in Wilsonville, Oregon. She has been an advisor for the past 16 years and specializes in wealth management using tax-efficient strategies and charitable planning. She enjoys guiding both clients and nonprofits in legacy planning. Charitable planning has allowed Robin to help clients increase their charitable donations to their communities,

Robin is currently a mentor for the Firefighter Cancer Support Network, where she helps family members of firefighters battling cancer. Robin began volunteering for FCSN shortly after losing her dad, Lt. Ron Bielenberg, Local 1660, to his short, 5-month battle with lung cancer. During this cancer journey, Robin was able to be with her dad and personally understands how important it is to not only support the firefighters but also their family members during this time. Robin knows the fire service very well as she comes from a large family of firefighters, including her brother, who is a 3rd generation himself.

Robin enjoys volunteering for local organizations in her free time and has served on several nonprofit budget committees and the Silver Falls School District’s budget committee. She has two children and enjoys traveling.