Board of Directors
Valerie Cucinotta Collado is currently serving as President of the Avantor Foundation. She also serves as the Director of Corporate Communication for VWR. In this position Valerie is responsible for the Corporate and North American communications programs which includes newsletters, the Intranet, associate recognition and public relations.
Before joining VWR, Valerie worked for Borders Group Inc. as the District Marketing Manager where she developed and implemented annual marketing and public relations plans as well as author and musician event coordination for 11 Greater Philadelphia locations. Prior to working for Borders Group Inc., she served as the Director of Public Relations and Events for the Terri Lynne Lokoff Child Care Foundation.
Valerie holds a bachelor of music degree with a minor in communications from Catholic University of America. She currently serves as a Board Member for the Emergency Aid of Pennsylvania.
Vey Garofalo is currently serving as a Board Member for the Avantor Foundation. Vey also serves as Vice President of Sales for the Education & Medical Research/Healthcare segment at VWR. Vey has been with VWR for eight years serving in numerous roles including Region Director and Production Chemical Specialist.
Prior to joining VWR, Vey served as Territory Manager for various global chemical companies. She has also served as Director of Business Development and co-owner of an Atlanta-based business.
Vey holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business from Florida State University.
Jill Golden is currently serving as Board Member and Secretary for the Avantor Foundation. She previously served as part of the Logistics Committee supporting the day to day operations of the Avantor Foundation. She also serves as the Corporate Communications Specialist for VWR. Jill joined VWR in 2009 as the Executive Assistant for the Human Resources organization.
Prior to joining VWR, Jill worked at Environmental Standards, Inc., an Environmental Consulting Firm in Valley Forge, PA.
Jill holds a Bachelor of Arts in Telecommunications with a minor in Sociology from Pennsylvania State University.
Matt Lope is currently serving as a Board Member for the Avantor Foundation. Matt also serves as the Vice President of Sales for the PBI segment, at VWR, currently residing in Phoenix.
Matt joined VWR in 2005 as a Sales Representative in Atlanta, Georgia. Since 2005, Matt has held numerous positions, including Regional Sales Manager in New York City, where he was recognized as the Region Manager of the Year and 2010 VWR President's Club recipient.
Matt holds a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Marketing from John Carroll University. While attending John Carroll, he was a four year varsity athlete on the men's football team.
Currently serving as Board Member for the Avantor Foundation, Noël is also the Global Marketing Operations Manager for VWR, responsible for customer relationship management systems contact strategy, global project management processes and systems, and marketing governance of processes and prioritization. Noel has worked for VWR for over 10 years, with previous roles including Marketing Program Management, Marketing Communications, and Internal/Community Relations, focused previously on the Science Education segment supported by VWR Corporate Brands - Ward's Science, Sargent Welch, and Boreal Science.
During Noël's time with VWR's Science Education segment, she had the privilege of launching a formalized community outreach effort focused on establishing connections between local schools and VWR's science education laboratory technicians. The objective was to foster students' pursuit of science via hands-on experiences with science labs and supplies that the schools may not have had the resources to fund. She continues to volunteer in Rochester City School District classrooms and leads a yearly support campaign.
Noël attended New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study for masters work in Marketing and Media Applications and holds a bachelors of science degree in Marketing from Pennsylvania State University.