Providing Leadership Through Worldwide Community Change Our World Friend gratefully acknowledges its governing board of directors, advisory board members, staff members, volunteers, and supporters, enthusiastically thanking these community leaders for their commitment, passion, and vision.


Executive Staff

Executive Director and Chairman of the Board

The executive director of Our World Friend, John Pergolizzi, spent 18 years as a financial consultant on Wall Street. In 2003 he founded a charity auction and over the course of several years he raised over $50,000; one hundred percent of which was distributed to three non-profit organizations: Operation Smile, The Make a Wish Foundation, and The National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “After much thought, I realized that I would like to confine my life’s efforts to the benefit of children. After looking at some very worthy charitable organizations, I decided that I wanted to help them all!” Over time, the experience became more and more important to him. “I was very privileged to have the opportunity to be altruistic once a year running those auctions, and I liked it. So I’ve selfishly decided to do it full time!”


Deputy Executive Director

Alison Holden has joined the OWF team as Deputy Executive Director. She brings 20 years of non-profit sector experience, working in advocacy, health, and social services fields to develop successful programs and partnerships. Alison’s particular area of expertise is in building projects and departments from the ground up, combining an understanding of non-profit culture with an in-depth knowledge of business and best practices. Her most recent position was Director of Marketing for United Cerebral Palsy of New York City, an $85 million dollar organization with a strong reputation in its field. Before that, she was in charge of corporate grants at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America where she created the corporate and pharmaceutical relations department from scratch. A graduate of Connecticut College, Alison believes in the importance of giving and has volunteered her time at various New York City-based non-profits, including West Side Coalition Against Hunger, Ollie’s Place, Community Voices Heard, and Greenpeace.

Board of Directors


Chief Financial Officer

Michael Haddad, a native of Brooklyn, New York is a married father of 4, with two grandchildren.
An honors graduate from Brooklyn College, he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in organic chemistry and was one of few undergraduates to have his research published.
Michael is Vice President of a New York real estate firm. Since 1996 he has been an elected Trustee and Treasurer of a non-profit Synagogue in Deal, NJ, overseeing three major construction projects for the benefit of the congregation.
As a competitive racing cyclist for many years on the national level both on the road and on the track, Michael has won numerous regional and state championships.
Donating time to his community and charitable organizations has been a passion of his all of his adult life.

Executive Director and Chairman of the Board

John Pergolizzi maintains a full voting position as Chairman of the Board on the Board of Directors.



Chris is Founder of Globeostasis – a social responsibility nonprofit striving to contribute to the balance and equilibrium in the world through the efforts of trade and economic development. He is also founder of Dorian Global Ventures, a firm dedicated to assisting in the development of new and emerging technologies. Previously he served as an international investment banker, most recently as an officer at Credit Suisse First Boston. There he contributed to raising funds for major projects in the developing markets. His experience ranges from infrastructure (oil and gas, energy, roads, water) to metals and mining, telecommunications, healthcare, renewable energy and nanotechnology. He has served as Honorary Chief of Trade and Economic Development for Melbourne, Australia. , as Vice Chairman of the Boston Melbourne Committee and as Senior Advisor to the Massachusetts Nanotechnology initiative. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley and attended Babson College’s #1 ranked MBA program in entrepreneurship. He is a judge for the University of California San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge, a member of the Seattle Yacht Club and Mensa.

Advisory Council

Dana has an extensive background in the financial and insurance industries and is the owner of Ware Insurance Services. Having started her career with Lincoln Financial Advisors, she sits on the Board of Directors of Elite Print Group of Birmingham, Al.
Dana loves creativity and the arts, has experience in yoga, spiritualism, dance, commercial acting, film, design, real estate and fashion. But her real passion is doing charitable work for the benefit of children. She started at age 7 and includes experience at The Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Coast Florida and volunteer work at the city of Santa Monica Community Center.
Her aim is to educate others thru personal experiences focused at opening young minds to the power of love and giving. ” Let’s lift the veil’s of judgement and grasp global healing… we are all children of the World.”
Favorite quote: “even the dark seeks to be light…. some just don’t know it yet.”


To be Announced
leaders-profile-Maja-ZupancicMaja Zupancic has taken her abilities in special education and sign language to work as a volunteer with disabled, handicapped and underprivileged children in Croatia, the Tommy Hilfiger Camp for Boys in New York and the Gerson Institute in San Diego, California.  Multilingual in Croatian, Slovene, Serbian and English, Maja brings her inspiring international experience to Our World Friend!