The Board

Co-Founder

Daron Fisher In Loving Memory

Daron Fisher and his wife Beth founded Keep Punching, Inc. in February, 2013 while Daron was battling brain cancer himself. He served as the organization’s president until he succumbed to the disease in August, 2013. Throughout his professional career, Daron worked as a copywriter in a variety of advertising agencies in New York City and Baltimore, Maryland, winning numerous creative awards. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1989 from Long Island University.

Co-Founder

Beth Fisher

Beth and her late husband Daron formed the organization in February 2013 while Daron was fighting brain cancer.  After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications from Towson University, Beth worked in some of Baltimore’s leading advertising firms as a production manager.   For the past twelve years, she has put her management and organizational skills to work for FrameWorks Institute, helping to supervise projects of all sizes and complexities. Beth lives with her two children in Baltimore, MD.

As president of Keep Punching Beth oversees the day-to-day operations of the organization, spearheads the planning of the annual events, and manages the fundraising efforts.

Vice President

David Flaks JD, PsyD

David’s commitment to Keep Punching is very personal; his motivation is grounded in his desire to help his sister Beth, president and founder of the organization, preserve the memory of his brother-in-law and friend Daron Fisher. Watching Daron and his family’s triumphs and struggles related to brain cancer has forever changed David’s outlook on life and reinforced his belief that one person can make a significant difference in the world.  His work for Keep Punching has centered on using his writing skills to benefit the organization.

Professionally, David works as a clinical psychologist in private practice.  He has offices in Marlton, New Jersey and Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell Law School, and Widener University’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology. David lives with his family in Melrose Park, PA.

Secretary

Ellen Wruble Hakim PT, DScPT, MS, CWS, FACCWS

Ellen currently serves as Director of the Doctorate in Physical Therapy Program and Director of the Master of Science in Anatomy and Clinical Health Science at the University of Delaware. She also holds multiple adjunct faculty positions at Universities throughout the United States. Ellen was the former senior physical therapist of the medicine – oncology service line at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree from Ithaca College, her doctorate from the University of Maryland Baltimore, and is a certified wound specialist. Ellen has extensive publications, along with national and international presentations, in the areas of oncology, medical complexity, pharmacology, wound care, and clinical education. Ellen provides advisement on the disbursement of funds / grants to both individuals and research institutions and serves as the primary liaison between medical professionals and the Board. Ellen resides in Baltimore with her husband and 3 children.

Treasurer

Tracey Paliath Esq.

Tracey serves as Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, where she oversees all aspects of Maryland’s social services safety net programs and child and adult welfare. Prior to her current job, Tracey was the Director of Economic Services at Jewish Community Services, where she oversees the agency’s Career Center, Financial Assistance, and Service Coordination. Before joining JCS, she was Assistant Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, and has also worked at two large law firms. A recipient of a “Maryland’s Top 100 Women Award” and “Top 40 Under 40″ from “The Daily Record,” Paliath served on THE ASSOCIATED’s Young Leadership Council and Young Business Roundtable, as well as on boards of other community organizations. A graduate of the University of Maryland, College Park, Tracey received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and is a past president of the University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Association. At her friends Daron and Beth’s request, Tracey formed Keep Punching, Inc.’s corporate entity, and completed the filings with the IRS that gave Keep Punching its 501(c)(3) non-profit designation.  She remains involved “benhind the scenes” ensuring the Board’s compliance with policies and procedures, and helping our outside accountant prepare for our annual audit.

Member

Matthew Kurowski

Matt is a marketing professional who has spent his career working for various communications firms and in-house marketing departments. Currently, Matt is Vice President of Marketing and Franchise Development for Soccer Shots, an organization that provides an introduction to soccer program to children aged 2-8, with an emphasis on character development. Previously, Matt has held roles at JPL in Harrisburg, PA, MGH in Baltimore, MD and Under Armour. Matt’s involvement in Keep Punching comes as a result of being close to the Fisher family for many years, and a desire to contribute. Matt introduced the “Winter Brawl” event, an icy New Year’s Eve day Atlantic plunge in Ocean City, MD that raised almost $7000 for Keep Punching in 2014.

Member

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer has been leading fundraiser for and has provided support to Keep Punching and several other cancer foundations near and dear to her heart. She resides in Reisterstown, Md with her husband and twin girls.

Member

Gregory Snyder II

Gregory is a 2014 graduate of Roanoke College, where he majored in political science. Currently, Gregory is the Chief of Staff for a State Senator in Annapolis. Outside of his passion for politics, Gregory is an avid Ravens, Orioles and Capitals fan. Gregory became involved in Keep Punching after his mother was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2015. He experienced first hand the impact that Keep Punching has on families facing the challenge of brain cancer.  Gregory recognized immediately that he wanted to be a part of the team and is honored to join in the fight to eradicate brain cancer.