FOUNDER AND CEO
Martino Cartier’s award winning salons reached the height of popularity after being featured on Bravo TV, where they gathered millions of fans. Since this exposure, Martino and his salons have been featured in Modern Salon, American Salon, Beauty Launchpad, BE, Seventeen, Salon Today, W and The Golden Globes.
Martino and his styling team have been featured at major industry events in North America including Waldorf Astoria Intercoiffure New York and Fontainebleau Intercoiffure in Miami Beach, Florida. Martino has been featured along with Tabatha Coffey, Kim Vo, Ken Paves, John Frieda and many other elite professionals at Behind the Chair’s Stylist Choice Awards and has received HSN’s Best Entertainer Award.
Martino is also the proud founder and CEO of Wigs & Wishes,® a non-profit philanthropic organization that supports courageous women and children battling cancer. It grants wigs to women and wishes to children.
CELEBRITY SPONSOR & ADVISOR
Paula Abdul is a ground-breaking choreographer, dancer, songwriter, performer, designer, actor and business woman. She is a two-time Emmy Award winner, Grammy Award winner, American Music Award winner, and multi-platinum recording artist who has been entertaining her fans for over 25 years.
Paula became a worldwide singing sensation with her first album Forever Your Girl, followed by an astonishing six number 1 singles. And, only until a few months ago, after being bumped to number 3 by Adele, Paula’s “Forever Your Girl” reigned as the second longest charting album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Her work as choreographer includes her Emmy winning contributions to The Tracey Ullman Show, produced by the Oscar and Emmy Award winner James L. Brooks. Shortly thereafter, Paula was double nominated for her ground-breaking choreography for the 62nd Annual Academy Awards and her own performance on the American Music Awards, for which she won an Emmy. She won seven MTV Awards for her work with Janet Jackson and has also choreographed for Duran Duran, ZZ top, The Jackson Family, George Michael, Luther Vandross, INXS, Heart and
CHIEF COMPASSION OFFICER
There is nothing more personally satisfying to me, then when you can find the time, in this crazy helter skelter lifestyle, to help those suffering with this horrendous disease.
I became a volunteer after I had lost a dear friend to Ovarian Cancer, within three short months of her diagnosis. I had never seen a person younger than me suffer and decimate before my eyes. I was so heart broken. We would walk each year together on Mother’s Day at the Race for the Cure. That year, I got the news as I walked without her on Mother’s Day 2015 that she had passed during the event. So volunteering gave me the personal gratification of giving back inspired by Denise.
As an accountant and CPA, I have worked in both private and public companies and CPA firms. With this experience, I was asked after my third year to join the board as their Treasurer. It has been an honor to participate in the planning of events bother for fund raising and granting wishes.
I continue to be on the lookout for others who are missing something in their daily lives, and could fill it with their effort and talents to help us increase the benefits we can provide. Until there is a cure, there will continue to be a need to give women a beautiful natural looking wig offering them hope and comfort until their own hair grows back. There will still be a need to grant wishes to kids who need some bright, spectacular wish granted, while their parents sacrifice so much to get through this horrible setback threatening their child’s future.
We can all help in some way, with our time, with our money and with our businesses. I am a true believer in Martino Cartier’s motto, “If you don’t know how to Give, then you don’t know how to Live.”
Dr. Joseph Ranieri
It takes more than one person to pass a message of Love, Hope and Encouragement to help those suffering with this horrendous disease. As an honored Board Member as well a physician with a dormant form of cancer myself and in long term recovery from substance abuse for 31 years thru the Grace of God, this affords me the ability to give back and have a "servants heart". My ministries include not only battling cancer thru donating my time and money to Wigs and Wishes but also includes fight drug Addiction thru Shall Never Thirst and Jesus Christ Block parties ministries hitting the streets of Philadelphia (i.e., Kensington).
Fundraising Committee Chairperson
A breast cancer survivor myself, I was introduced to Wigs & Wishes 10 years ago while undergoing treatment. This difficult experience has now inspired me to support others in their fight.
Lisa is a long term personal friend and previous business partner in the Martino Cartier, Cherry Hill Salon and has been a Friends Are By Your Side Volunteer and Board Member from very early on. Lisa has a B.S.B from Rowan University and many years of experience in Management, Human Resource Mgt., Credit/Collections, Marketing & Business Development. That, along with her strong dedication to helping others and community outreach, has been a huge asset to ensuring that each event has been as successful as it has been.
John Levitan has been an instrumental part of making the “wishes” part of Wigs and Wishes come true. John is currently a managing member of the Medical Specialties Group in Pensacola, FL, and has an extensive background in Business Development as well as alternative energies. John is always there when Friends Are By Your Side needs him and his selfless giving has made it possible to bring unimaginable joy to the children who are able to have their wishes granted and as well as making it possible for Friends Are By Your Side to do what it does daily and assist women in need of a wig during their hardest time.